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'They don't use their brains what a pity': school mathematics through the eyes of the older generation

Houssart, Jenny (2007) 'They don't use their brains what a pity': school mathematics through the eyes of the older generation. Research in Mathematics Education, 9 (1). pp. 47-63. ISSN 1479-4802

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Abstract

The paper considers issues in the teaching of mathematics from the viewpoint of a group of people aged 75 and over. Drawing on written accounts of their use of and attitude to mathematics, extracts are identified in which they reflect on their own experiences of learning mathematics at school or give their views on more recent mathematics education. Common themes are mental arithmetic and the use of calculators. Most respondents report positive assessments of their own mathematics education and reservations about more recent systems. Some accounts display inaccurate views of current practices in mathematics teaching and possible reasons for this are considered.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an electronic version of an article published in Houssart, Jenny (2007) 'They don't use their brains what a pity': school mathematics through the eyes of the older generation. Research in Mathematics Education, 9 (1). pp. 47-63. Research in Mathematics Education is available online at: http://www.informaworld.com/10.1080/14794800008520170
Controlled Keywords: Maths
Divisions: IOE Departments > Departments > Learning, Curriculum and Communication
IOE Departments > Departments > Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment
Depositing User: IOE Repository Editor (2)
Date Deposited: 10 Mar 2010 11:50
Last Modified: 14 Oct 2013 12:04
URI: http://eprints.ioe.ac.uk/id/eprint/1403
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