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How is maths taught around the world?

I’m keen to discover how maths is taught around the world. Both in respect of the curriculum, and in respect of pedagogy.

I’d like to know at what age certain topics at introduced. (When is algebra first touched on? When do you introduce calculus? What do you teach about angles and when? What age do you introduce qiadratics, cubics and quartics? What about complex numbers?)

I’d like to know structures. We have 4 hours a week, which is about standard in the UK. How much teaching time is given to maths elsewhere? Do you teach algebra and geometry as distinct subjects? Do students have to pass a phase (unit; topic; etc) to move on, or do you move through regardless and fill the gaps later? Is data handling (surveys and charts) seen as part of maths?


Is there a preferred  pedagogical approach to maths where you are? If so, what is it and do you agree it is the best approach?

I know some countries teach certain subjects in languages other than their native tongue, is maths taught this way anywhere?

I’d love to know these, and many more things. If you have time to answer any of the above, or have a link to a site I can visit myself, I’d be grateful to know!

  1. October 23, 2013 at 4:34 am

    Reblogged this on The Echo Chamber.

  2. Philip Crooks
    October 23, 2013 at 5:04 am

    In Australia for the first time we are having a national cirriculum. Traditionally the states ran education and the Commonwealth help with some costs.
    Now there is the Australian Cirriculum, it is on the net sorry no good at links. That will tell you where we are meant to be heading. I am not sure how well it will work. There does not appear to be any prescriptive teaching method.
    As for progress every student moves on each year.

    • October 23, 2013 at 6:35 am

      Thanks, I will find the links later. Was there no exams/qualifications prior to this new curriculum? How different was the experience from state to state? And what age is schooling compulsory?

      • Philip Crooks
        October 23, 2013 at 7:37 am

        Each state had it,s own leaving exams . I think Queensland doe not have exams but I am not sure,Never been there.
        Starting ages vary as does transfer to High School, though now WA is coming into line and moving year7 to High School, but not until 2015.
        I don’t know much about other states only WA.
        I don’t think I have spoken to a teacher from the eastern states, they are bit far away from here.

  3. October 23, 2013 at 8:47 am

    https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/184064/DFE-RR178.pdf This is a document which compares specifically the curricula in high performing countries and states. I did a comparison of the English and Singapore curricula for my MaST studies. On the face of it, the Singapore one has a lot going for it – emphasis on problem solving and meta-cognition, for instance, but there is some evidence that in practice, this isn’t always well adhered to. Lots of factors can contribute to success in particular countries and some of those are purely social. My conclusion was that it’s complicated! However, I do feel that taking CPD seriously is probably one of the most important factors in high quality teaching, and suspect that comparing different countries approaches to CPD might be fruitful.

    • October 23, 2013 at 9:15 pm

      Thanks for this. I will look through the document when I have chance. I can see there is a real complexity to the issue.

  4. October 25, 2013 at 7:48 pm

    You might be interested in the #GlobalMath session about different mathematics teaching experiences/curriculum in different places: https://www.bigmarker.com/GlobalMathDept/may28


    • October 25, 2013 at 9:34 pm

      That looks great, will hopefully get time to watch it this week.

  5. vickilloyd2013
    November 5, 2013 at 8:47 am

    Reblogged this on Primary Education.

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