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Connecting mathematics teaching with vocational learning

Dalby, D.M.; Noyes, Andrew

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DIANE DALBY Diane.Dalby@nottingham.ac.uk
Senior Research Fellow



Abstract

For many vocational students in England, mathematics is now a compulsory part of their programme, yet the inclusion of an academic subject within a vocational course presents challenges. In this paper, an analysis of a series of case studies of vocational student groups in Further Education colleges in England shows how contrasting practices in ‘functional mathematics’ and vocational classes reinforce perceptions that mathematics is an isolated and irrelevant subject. Some mathematics teachers made contextual connections by embedding mathematical problems in vocationally-related scenarios but distinctive socio-cultural features of vocational learning situations were often absent from mathematics classes. Addressing this disconnection requires a pedagogical approach and classroom culture that links mathematics learning with vocational values. The findings suggest that adopting mathematics classroom practices that reflect the surrounding vocational culture creates greater coherence for students and has positive effects on their engagement with mathematics learning.

Citation

Dalby, D., & Noyes, A. (2015). Connecting mathematics teaching with vocational learning

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Aug 1, 2015
Deposit Date Mar 2, 2016
Publicly Available Date Mar 2, 2016
Journal Adults Learning Mathematics
Electronic ISSN 1744-1803
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 10
Issue 1
Keywords mathematics, functional, vocational education.
Public URL http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/32082
Publisher URL http://www.alm-online.net/images/ALM/journals/alm-ij-volume10-1-september2015.pdf
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0

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