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ERIC Number: EJ854285
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 4
ISSN: ISSN-0126-7663
Application Readiness in Maths, an Essential Concept
Ormell, Christopher
Journal of Science and Mathematics Education in Southeast Asia, v28 n2 p73-80 2005
The following article gives a brief account of some empirical research done in the 1980s in the UK by the present author with his colleague, Ibrahim Abdel-Ghany of Minia University, Egypt. At the time both researchers were working at the University of East Anglia at Norwich, England. This work is partly based on empirical arguments, and on conceptual analysis about the syllabus-worthiness of different kinds of targets and attainments in maths. The thrust of the argument is that it is essential that we teach children maths in such a way that they hold their knowledge of maths with "application readiness" rather than "application unreadiness". The meaning of these terms will be explained in section three, after an account has been given of the nature of conceptual analysis and why it is needed. The article also describes some empirical research which established that in some schools in the UK children aged 10-11 years did not have their knowledge of elementary mathematics in a state of application readiness at the time the research was conducted.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Middle Schools
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)