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Curriculum & Leadership Journal
An electronic journal for leaders in education
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Tackling the school industry mathematics divide


The teaching of mathematics in secondary schools and the use of mathematical skills in the workforce are very different: students who are mathematically capable at school often have difficulty transferring this ability to the workplace. This issue was tackled by the Australian Association of Mathematics Teachers and the Australian Industry Group, with support from the Office of the Chief Scientist, in a project entitled Identifying and Supporting Quantitative Skills of 21st Century Workers. The project examined the relationship between workplace mathematics and school practices to identify gaps between numeracy and quantitative skills in senior schooling and the expectations of modern workplaces; how mathematical skills are understood and used in workplaces compared to classrooms; quantitative skills in use in workplaces; and how to support the transfer and application of mathematical skills required in workplace contexts.

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The Biggest Loser

Robert Money

Victorian year 9 students trial a cross-curricular unit covering the mathematics and social dimensions of gambling – Vinculum.

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Mash-up tasks: a real classroom story about differentiation

Sarah Ferguson

Students' questions and comments can serve as starting points for differentiation in primary maths classes – Prime Number.

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Vocabulary instruction in fifth grade and beyond

Evelyn Ford-Connors, Jeanne R Paratore

A literature review examines the types of instruction that best help vocabulary learning in years 5-12 – Review of Educational Research.

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A statistical literacy hierarchy for interpreting educational system data

Robyn Pierce, Helen Chick, Jane Watson, Magdalena Les, Michael Dalton

A survey of Victorian government school teachers is used to evaluate how well they are able to understand and apply NAPLAN assessment data – Australian Journal of Education.

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