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Principles for the design of a fully-resourced, coherent, research-informed school mathematics curriculum

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The curriculum resources used for teaching secondary mathematics vary considerably from school to school. Some schools base their teaching largely on a single published scheme, while others design their own schemes of learning, curating their resources from a range of (often free) online sources. Both approaches seem problematic from the perspective of experiencing the mathematics curriculum as a coherent story (see Dietiker, 2015), and neither seems likely to take best advantage of the accumulated body of knowledge in the education research literature about effective didactics for mathematics. In this position paper, as we embark on the collaborative, research-informed design of a complete, fullyresourced free-to-access mathematics curriculum for students aged 11-14, we use the conceptual framework of mathematics curriculum as a story (Dietiker, 2015) to draw out five key curriculum design principles. A mathematics curriculum should harness and develop the skills and expertise of teachers; balance the teaching of fluency, reasoning and problem solving; give explicit attention to important errors and misconceptions; compare and contrast alternative methods; and engineer coherence through strategic use of consistent representations and contexts. We use these five principles to set out our vision for the next step in research-informed mathematics curriculum design.

Funding

Exploring socially distributed professional knowledge for coherent curriculum design

Economic and Social Research Council

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History

School

  • Science

Department

  • Mathematics Education Centre

Published in

Journal of Curriculum Studies

Volume

53

Issue

5

Pages

621-641

Publisher

Taylor & Francis (Routledge)

Version

VoR (Version of Record)

Rights holder

© The Authors

Publisher statement

This is an Open Access Article. It is published by Taylor & Francis under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International Licence (CC BY 4.0). Full details of this licence are available at: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

Acceptance date

07/03/2021

Publication date

2021-04-07

Copyright date

2021

ISSN

0022-0272

eISSN

1366-5839

Language

en

Depositor

Dr Colin Foster. Deposit date: 8 March 2021