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ERIC Number: EJ924585
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Nov
Pages: 32
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 53
ISSN: ISSN-1571-0068
The Growing Gap between Colombian Education Policy, Official Claims and Classroom Realities: Insights from Mathematics Teachers' Conceptions of Beginning Algebra and Its Teaching Purpose
Agudelo-Valderrama, Cecilia
International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, v4 n3 p513-544 Nov 2006
Since 1994 when the General Law of Education was issued, educational authorities have been claiming that Colombia has embarked on an "educational revolution" [""La revolucion educativa"" (n.d.). From the Colombian Ministry of Education website: Retrieved 23 Nov 2004] where schools have curricular autonomy, and are to improve the quality of education by attending to the needs of the communities they serve. Teachers are urged to engage in a continuous process of constructing the curriculum which is to be anchored in the fundamental aim of educating "critical" citizens. The findings of this study carried out with the participation of 13 mathematics teachers with a range of teaching experiences and from different schools in Bogota, show a totally different picture. Instead, for the teaching of school algebra, teachers emphasised the purpose of training pupils in the manipulation of symbolic expressions, as the prerequisite knowledge for the next school mathematics level and ultimately for the External Examination. I offer explanations for the identified gap and argue for the crucial need to create conditions for change at the education systemic level and for the actual empowerment of teachers.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Colombia