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ERIC Number: EJ768935
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Jul
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 9
ISSN: ISSN-0025-5785
Realistic Mathematics Education
Hough, Sue; Gough, Steve
Mathematics Teaching Incorporating Micromath, n203 p34-38 Jul 2007
Over the past 30 years, researchers at the Freudenthal Institute in The Netherlands have developed a mathematics curriculum and a theory of pedagogy known as Realistic Maths Education (RME). This curriculum uses "imaginable" contexts to help pupils to develop mathematically, with a strong emphasis on pupils "making sense" of the subject. In this article, the authors describe the trialling of the RME approach with key stage 3 pupils in 12 Manchester schools and illustrate some of the key features of RME: (1) the use of informal strategies; (2) informal to formal progression; (3) pupils making sense of the maths; (4) the use of models; and (5) process-led rather than content-led objectives. (Contains 10 figures and 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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Identifiers - Location: Netherlands; United Kingdom (Manchester); Wisconsin