Assessing 'functionality' in school mathematics examinations: what does being human have to do with it?
Drake, Pat; Wake, Geoffrey; Noyes, Andrew
Geoffrey Wake firstname.lastname@example.org
Andrew Noyes email@example.com
This article analyses aspects of the process of developing ‘functional’ assessments of mathematics at the end of compulsory schooling in England. A protocol that was developed for scrutinising assessment items is presented. This protocol includes an indicator of the ‘authenticity’ of each assessment item. The data are drawn from scrutiny of 589 assessment items from thirty-nine formal unseen examinations taken by students aged sixteen, and the article illustrates ways that mathematics is presented in different contexts in examinations. We suggest that currently the ‘human face’ of the questions may serve to disguise routine calculations, and we argue that in formal examinations connections between mathematics assessments situated in context and functional mathematics have yet to be established.
|Journal Article Type||Article|
|Publication Date||Oct 30, 2012|
|Journal||Research in Mathematics Education|
|Publisher||Taylor & Francis (Routledge)|
|Peer Reviewed||Peer Reviewed|
|Institution Citation||Drake, P., Wake, G., & Noyes, A. (2012). Assessing 'functionality' in school mathematics examinations: what does being human have to do with it?. Research in Mathematics Education, 14(3), doi:10.1080/14794802.2012.734969|
|Keywords||functional mathematics, authentic assessment, scrutiny protocol|
|Copyright Statement||Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://eprints.nottingh.../end_user_agreement.pdf|
|Additional Information||This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis Group in Research in Mathematics Education on 30/10/2012, available online: http://www.tandfonline....80/14794802.2012.734969|
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