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ERIC Number: EJ768898
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Mar
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 4
ISSN: ISSN-0025-5785
Effective Conditions for Learning
Ball, Barbara; Ball, Derek
Mathematics Teaching Incorporating Micromath, n201 p8-9 Mar 2007
In this article, the authors respond to four 2006 "Mathematics Teaching" articles by Paul Andrews and Judy Sayers comparing conditions for learning mathematics in England and in four other European countries. They reflect on what might be done with English education, and with English mathematics education in particular. They challenge Andrews' and Sayers' notions that classroom collaboration involves conformity, arguing instead that one can only collaborate if one has a good sense of one's own autonomy. Another area of disagreement revolves around the problem of lesson length, in which English mathematics lessons are longer than in the other European countries, which might not facilitate learning. Andrews and Sayers advocate regulation, but this article argues that the issue of long mathematics lessons should not be addressed by regulations limiting their length. Instead of regulation, the authors advocate providing ongoing high quality professional development in which teachers work to learn how students learn mathematics. Assessment of teachers needs to be tough in an expensive education system, but also needs to be part of an empowering framework. Turning around a culture of conformity to one which develops questioning learners may take time.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)