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Prescription Smothers Creativity in Mathematics Education

Cowley, R; (2010) Prescription Smothers Creativity in Mathematics Education. UCL Institute of Education: London, UK. Green open access

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Abstract

In this paper, I elaborate on a presentation I made to a Westminster Education Forum Seminar Reviewing the Maths Curriculum - part of the Westminster Education Forum National Curriculum Seminar Series. I draw on my experiences of posing one problem to children and young people in secondary schools and to well trained mathematicians in pre-service mathematics teacher education to illustrate how and argue that an overprescribed classroom practice cannot meet the stated aims of the UK National Curriculum (2007). Paulo Friere provides the inspiration for me to envisage an alternative practice.

Type: Working / discussion paper
Title: Prescription Smothers Creativity in Mathematics Education
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/ioe/
Language: English
Keywords: mathematics education, prescription, problem-solving, accountability, high-stakes testing
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10088008
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