Questions On Teaching And Learning

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The area of curriculum in which I am interested is primary school mathematics in New Zealand. Learning and teaching mathematics is an important area of focus and challenge for teachers and researchers. Children difficulties with like and dislike for mathematics seem to increase as they progress to higher grades and, as testing become more significant in terms of its intermediate and lower term consequences. The NZC (MoE, 2007a) provides a distinct statement of the knowledge, competencies, and values deemed to be important for citizens in the 21st century. Students are viewed as “lifelong learners who are confident and creative, connected, and actively involved” (MoE, 2007a, p. 4). The teaching and learning of mathematics was presented in an individual curriculum document comprising five strands: number, algebra, measure, geometry, and statistics (MoE, 1992). In 2007, the learning area was renamed Mathematics and Statistics. Mathematics and statistics are interrelated disciplines but they require different ways of thinking and problem solving. “Mathematics is the exploration and use of patterns and relationships in quantities, space, and time. Statistics is the exploration and use of patterns and relationships in data” (MoE, 2007a, p. 26). The Mathematics and Statistics learning area (MoE, 2007a) emphasises the need for students to be equipped with effective mathematical abilities, skills, and dispositions. Learning mathematics should prepare students: to investigate,
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