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Lerman, Stephen; Adler, Jill – Research in Mathematics Education, 2016
The influences on governments for policy changes in schools range across many agencies, including the political party in power. When policies change, the sources of these influences are not always clear. The project whose work is presented in this special issue examines what these changes look like in terms of the differences in assessment tasks…
Descriptors: Mathematics, Mathematics Instruction, Mathematics Education, Mathematics Curriculum
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Morgan, Candia; Sfard, Anna – Research in Mathematics Education, 2016
This article focuses on the theoretical-methodological question of how to identify reform-induced changes in school mathematics. The issue arose in our project The Evolution of the Discourse of School Mathematics (EDSM), in which we studied transformations in high-stakes examinations taken by students in England at the end of compulsory schooling.…
Descriptors: Discourse Analysis, Mathematics Tests, High Stakes Tests, Foreign Countries
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Noyes, Andrew; Adkins, Michael – Research in Mathematics Education, 2016
The UK Government has set a goal that the "vast majority" of students in England will be studying mathematics to the age of 18 by the end of the decade. The policy levers for achieving this goal include new Core Maths qualifications, designed for over 200,000 students who have achieved good grades at the age of 16 but then opt out of…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Surveys, Late Adolescents, Student Attitudes
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Noyes, Andrew – Research in Mathematics Education, 2012
The 2007 Trends in International Mathematics and Science Survey highlighted how attitudes to mathematics had declined sharply for students in many of the high attaining countries in the survey, England being no exception. There is a notable drop in positive attitudes to mathematics between 9 and 14, as well as a remarkable decline for 14 year olds…
Descriptors: Student Centered Learning, Teaching Methods, Attitude Change, Educational Attitudes