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Widening and increasing post-16 mathematics participation: pathways, pedagogies and politics

Noyes, Andrew; Wake, Geoff; Drake, Pat

Authors

Andrew Noyes andrew.noyes@nottingham.ac.uk

Geoff Wake

Pat Drake

Abstract

This paper explores the potential impact of a national pilot initiative in England aimed at increasing and widening participation in advanced mathematical study through the creation of a new qualification for 16 to 18 year-olds. This proposed qualification pathway - Use of Mathematics - sits in parallel with long-established, traditional advanced level qualifications; what we call ‘traditional Mathematics’ herein. Traditional Mathematics is typically required for entry to mathematically demanding undergraduate programmes. The structure, pedagogy and assessment of Use of Mathematics is designed to better prepare students in the application of mathematics and its development has surfaced some of the tensions between academic/pure and vocational/applied mathematics. Here we explore what Use of Mathematics offers but we also consider some of the objections to its introduction in order to explore aspects of the knowledge-politics of mathematics education. Our evaluation of this curriculum innovation raises important issues for the mathematics education community as countries seek to increase the numbers of people that are well-prepared to apply mathematics in science and technology-based higher education courses and work places.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Feb 15, 2011
Journal International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education
Print ISSN 1571-0068
Electronic ISSN 1571-0068
Publisher Humana Press
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 9
Issue 2
Institution Citation Noyes, A., Wake, G., & Drake, P. (2011). Widening and increasing post-16 mathematics participation: pathways, pedagogies and politics. International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 9(2), doi:10.1007/s10763-011-9281-4
DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/s10763-011-9281-4
Keywords curriculum, mathematics, policy, qualifications, widening participation
Publisher URL http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10763-011-9281-4
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://eprints.nottingh.../end_user_agreement.pdf
Additional Information The final publication is available at Springer via http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10763-011-9281-4

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