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ERIC Number: ED409275
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Pages: 34
Abstractor: N/A
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Curriculum Change: What Do Teachers and Students Really Think?
Jacob, Rosemary; Frid, Sandra
This study examined secondary teachers' and recent secondary school graduates' awareness of curriculum change in mathematics and its impact upon teaching and learning. Fifty-three secondary teachers and 54 students enrolled in first year university programs at Northern Territory University (Australia) were surveyed about their awareness and opinion of mathematics curriculum changes as well as impressions of their own mathematics education. Teachers were also asked about their pre-service and in-service training and its effectiveness in relation to implementing curriculum changes. Follow-up semi-structured in-depth interviews were conducted with 14 teachers and 12 students. Results indicated that the teachers were more aware than students of curriculum changes, and the areas they discussed most were: new maths, mathematics investigations, increased use of calculators, the end of Year 10 examinations, and new courses for Years 11 and 12. Teachers indicated both pre-service and in-service education had inadequately prepared them to implement curriculum changes. Both groups indicated the importance of the teacher's personality, the negative impact of prescribed teaching, and the role of rote learning. The questionnaire is appended. (Contains 21 references.) (Author/JLS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia