Maths needs curriculum changes, teaching programs to lift results: study

Nov 26, 2019 by

By Pallavi Singhal –

Improving maths teachers’ subject expertise and teaching skills is critical to halting a decline in student results and participation in mathematics across Australia.

Cutting back content in maths curriculums and reducing the focus on exams in years 11 and 12 would also allow for more in-depth teaching and learning, a report released on Monday has found.

The study’s lead author, Bronwyn Hinz, director of research and development at Pivot Professional Learning, said: “Teaching is one of the most important in-school factors affecting student outcomes but there are a lot of other factors. Outcomes also come down to how the curriculum is developed, (as well as) educational structures, inequalities and funding issues.”

The study includes surveys of nearly 1000 maths teachers and 700 students in all states and territories and school sectors. There are also qualitative interviews with a small sample of teachers

The report is co-authored by Teach for Australia national curriculum director Michael Witter and Veritate Data Science statistical consultant Lyndon Walker.

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