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ERIC Number: ED430038
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Apr
Pages: 17
Abstractor: N/A
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Issues in National Assessment of Mathematics--the Transition to Higher Level Study.
Winter, Jan
A study was conducted in England in 1997 to consider materials that were available to support students making a transition from compulsory education to the study of mathematics in noncompulsory post-16 education. This report on the study also contains an outline of the basic structures of the English education system and its assessment provisions. Recent changes in the English educational assessment system and to the curriculum with the adoption of the National Curriculum have created considerable interest in the transition students face between the General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) mathematics and the "A level" examinations required for university entrance. Responses by 67 colleges and schools to a questionnaire about the transition were used to select 5 institutions for case studies and interviews about practices. Specific information about difficulties schools and colleges noted about gaps between the two mathematics curricula are identified and grouped into concerns about teaching in the "pre-16" years, teaching related to the GCSE, and teaching for students after the age of 16 who are beginning their A-level courses of study. Five recommendations are made for easing students' transition between the two curricula. Appendixes contain the attainment target for mathematics, a mathematics task, and a list of A-level prerequisites in mathematics. (Contains six references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)