ERIC Number: EJ722813
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Conditions for Learning. Paul Andrews Compares Schools in Five European Countries
Mathematics Teaching Incorporating Micromath, n194 n1 p10-14 Jan 2006
Recently, a multinational team of researchers on a European Union-funded project examined the teaching of mathematics in the age range 10-14 in England, Flemish Belgium, Finland, Hungary, and Spain. In this article, the author (who was a member of this team) discusses how the physical and social characteristics of schools create the conditions for learning to take place. These include the physical, as in the buildings and their contents, the human, as in the relationships between participants and the temporal, as in lesson lengths. The project team set out to examine the ways in which mathematics is taught in the age range 10-14, because they felt this was, an important transitional time in the learning of the subject as traditionally this is when the processes of mathematics and mathematics teaching shift from concrete and inductive to abstract and deductive. Moreover, it allowed the team to look for differences in the ways in which mathematics was conceptualised and taught at the upper primary and lower secondary educational levels.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Social Characteristics, Comparative Analysis, Educational Environment, Mathematics Instruction, Elementary Secondary Education
Association of Teachers of Mathematics, Unit 7 Prime Industrial Park, Shaftesbury Street, Derby DE23 8YB. Tel: 01332-346-599; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Primary Education; Secondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Belgium; Finland; Hungary; Spain; United Kingdom (England)