Leaving nothing to chance: Achieving impact through Best Practice in Mathematics Education (F - Y6)

Summary

The quality of mathematics education in Australia is recognised internationally yet the impact of this research appears to be limited in terms of its influence and impact on Australian policy and practice. In 2015 I was part of a national research project team who conducted surveys and case studies in 52 Australian schools who were considered ‘successful’ in terms of improving students’ learning outcomes in mathematics. These schools left nothing to chance: they focused on developing mathematical excellence though a consistent approach to students’ learning, teachers’ skills in teaching mathematics, resources for teaching and teaching and learning mathematics, and a passion and enthusiasm for the enterprise of teaching mathematics. In this keynote, I will discuss the findings from the Best Practice in Mathematics Education project and identify the common characteristics that made these schools successful. I will also share insights from other research projects I have been involved in, including researching flipping the mathematics classroom, and discuss how research based evidence can inform and improve practice, leading to an impact on student outcomes.

As a result of attending this presentation, participants will:
• Gain understanding of what constitutes best practice in mathematics education
• Identify the common characteristics of successful schools that have achieved high gains in student outcomes
• Be informed of the findings from a range of research projects which all have a focus on improving student outcomes
• Be provided with practical examples and suggestions of how they can implement research findings into their own schools and classes

Presenters
Tracey Muir

Session Code Session Date Session Start Session Finish Session Location Places Remaining
F-4 07/12/2018 09:00 am 10:00 am La Trobe University
113

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