Wednesday, 24 February 2010

Maths - GTC research - three simple steps to success

A report from the GTC (General Teaching Council) recently showed three factors which can significantly lead towards success in maths.

These include:

  • viewing mistakes as positive – identifying them and using them in subsequent discussions;
  • allowing students to develop and justify their own varied methods;
  • encouraging students to set each other problems to solve.

The research concluded that student-centred, collaborative and discussion based approaches to learning were more effective than more traditional transmission methods, especially in the development of conceptual understanding of mathematics.

Nothing too new or earth shattering, but quite reassuring.

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