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ERIC Number: ED470869
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Jul
Pages: 14
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A Samoan Perspective on Pacific Mathematics Education.
Afamasaga-Fuata'i, Karoline
The status of mathematics education in schools in Samoa is a major concern to post-secondary mathematics educators. Incoming students from secondary schools are not adequately prepared for advanced studies in mathematics for lack of a solid understanding of basic mathematics principles which is essential for further studies in calculus and linear algebra. This paper provides a general overview of national examinations results and selected comments from examiners' reports to illustrate the state of mathematics education in Samoan schools. The quality of mathematics learning in schools directly impacts on first year programs in post-secondary institutions as time is often taken out to bridge students up to the appropriate mathematics entry level. The paper briefly describes some of the research and professional development activities organized by the University in an effort to impact on the teaching of mathematics within its teacher training programs. (Contains 39 references.) (Author/MM)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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