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Archive for tag: Problem-solving

Realising the aims of the National Curriculum in primary assessment

At the 2016 ACME conference, I co-facilitated a workshop with fellow ACME member Dr Sue Gifford on the aims of the National Curriculum in primary assessment. The purpose of the workshop was to consider the influence of assessment in realising the aims of the National Curriculum and to identify ways in which assessment could be improved.

Below, I outline some of the discussion points raised by delegates during the session. You will[read more]

ACME's blueprint for mathematics education

Today the Advisory Committee on Mathematics Education (ACME) launches 'A blueprint for mathematics education'.


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Our blueprint draws together principles on  mathematics educatio[read more]

Mathematics and Problem-solving (III)

Niall MacKay's third post in his mathematics and problem-solving series

It is part of a declinist narrative with a long history to argue that English education is going to hell in a handcart. The Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) results in mathematics are actually rather unexceptional, especially once one has understood that PISA's [read more]

Mathematics and Problem-solving (II)

Niall MacKay shares some further thoughts on problem-solving...

In a previous post I talked about process versus facts in the learning of mathematics, and about problem-solving. What I had in mind there was principally problem-solving in pure mathematics, which together with theorem-proving form the systole and diastole of the subject (see [read more]

Mathematics and Problem-solving

I had a moment of revelation reading Toby Young's pamphlet the other day. I'm sure there are people queuing up to call it simplistic, but it occurred to me that his views are especially dangerously so for mathematics.

His unashamedly Gradgrindian position is that there can be no worthwhile learning of higher thought processes-argument, analysis, abstrac[read more]

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