ERIC Number: ED197450
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-May
Reference Count: 0
The Mathematics Program and Declining Enrolment in Ontario.
A task force composed of educators and members of the business community studied the effects of declining enrollment on the mathematics program in Ontario. The group suggests that the main impact of decline on the mathematics program will be an intensification of the existing problems, which include insufficient student practice in mathematical principles, inappropriate divisions of instruction, unclear teacher expectations of standards to be achieved by students, and lack of communication among schools and teachers. The task force criticizes the ministry guidelines requiring five levels of instruction and considers the minimum school size required to effectively provide a multilevel mathematics program. Modified appointment scheduling, which provides for considerable individual interaction between teacher and student and allows for the combination of students at different levels in one class, is presented as a teaching strategy that is easily adapted to any situation. A substantial list of recommendations concludes the report. (WD)
Descriptors: Declining Enrollment, Foreign Countries, Mathematics Curriculum, Mathematics Instruction, Multigraded Classes, Relevance (Education), Student Teacher Relationship
Publications Centre, Ministry of Government Services, 880 Bay St., 5th Floor, Queen's Park, Toronto, Ontario M7A 1N8 Canada (Record No. ON01465/CODE00292; $1.00 microfiche).
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Commission on Declining School Enrolments in Ontario, Toronto.
Identifiers: Ontario; Task Force Approach
Note: For related documents, see EA 013 260-308.