My question is: Has anything significantly changed since 2005?
Basic maths: the brutal reality by Rhonda Farkota (2005)
- Results show that maths education is failing at primary school level
- The problem is the way in which maths is taught, not the ability of our students
- Both student centred learning and teacher centred learning have their place in education
- But for the acquisition of basic mathematical skills, the research clearly shows that teacher-directed learning is better suited
- Yet almost every teacher-education program in Australian universities is based on a student-directed approach. Indeed, some academic advocates of student-directed learning reject the whole idea of teacher-directed instruction, arguing that mathematical ideas must be personally constructed by the students themselves
- This is nonsense: it’s totally unrealistic to expect children, unaided, to learn theories and concepts that have taken mathematicians millennia to put together
- There is a dire urgency for the academics of the education world to put less emphasis on the ideology they feel most comfortable with, and instead, to have a long hard look at the evidence
- Unfortunately, the teachers of today have neither the time nor the training to sit down and design complex maths curricula, and then go through a comprehensive evaluation process.
- Fortunately, there are already highly effective, research-based, teacher-directed programs out there, requiring no preparation and no mathematical expertise to implement