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Wednesday, April 27 • 10:00am - 11:00am
Perseus vs Medusa in mathematics education: Educational Leadership and Educational Zeitgeist

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For school leaders and policy makers alike, it often appears that the popular media never met a crisis in student performance in mathematics it didn’t like. One approach to unpack this challenge is to focus on the transition of students from school to university. Particularly, university academics sometimes suggest schools and teachers could do more to prepare students for university studies and thereby ease the challenges students meet in their first year of higher education. I argue that many of these challenges arise out of the structure and practices of higher education, and that it must be the universities that develop systems to support students in transition. I will also consider the tyranny of high stakes examinations and policies motivated by national and international tests that often interfere with what both schools and universities want – engaged and well educated students.


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Simon Goodchild

Professor, University of Agder
Simon Goodchild is Professor of Mathematics Education and Director of MatRIC, Centre for Research, Innovation and Coordination of Mathematics Teaching, which is anational centre for excellence in higher education at Norway’s University of Agder. He has a background in secondary... Read More →

Wednesday April 27, 2016 10:00am - 11:00am MDT
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