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'They don't use their brains what a pity': school mathematics through the eyes of the older generation

Houssart, Jenny; (2007) 'They don't use their brains what a pity': school mathematics through the eyes of the older generation. Research in Mathematics Education , 9 (1) pp. 47-63. Green open access

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Abstract

The paper considers issues in the teaching of mathematics from the viewpoint of a group of people aged 75 and over. Drawing on written accounts of their use of and attitude to mathematics, extracts are identified in which they reflect on their own experiences of learning mathematics at school or give their views on more recent mathematics education. Common themes are mental arithmetic and the use of calculators. Most respondents report positive assessments of their own mathematics education and reservations about more recent systems. Some accounts display inaccurate views of current practices in mathematics teaching and possible reasons for this are considered.

Type: Article
Title: 'They don't use their brains what a pity': school mathematics through the eyes of the older generation
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Language: English
Additional information: This is an electronic version of an article published in Houssart, Jenny (2007) 'They don't use their brains what a pity': school mathematics through the eyes of the older generation. Research in Mathematics Education, 9 (1). pp. 47-63. Research in Mathematics Education is available online at: http://www.informaworld.com/10.1080/14794800008520170
Keywords: Maths
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10001403
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