Practices contributing to mathematics success in a low socioeconomic rural Victorian school

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Abstract

Mathematics education is seen as a right for all children, and important to ensure a prosperous future. However, in Australia and other nations, rural students perform less well in mathematics, and are less likely to pursue advanced mathematics. This paper presents a case study of an Australian rural school that has high engagement and achievement in senior mathematics, despite its setting. The study uses a practice architectures framework to explore the activities and facilitatory elements that have likely contributed to the school’s mathematics success. Personalising learning, valuing mathematics, building teacher capacity, and linking to careers, were all associated with the school’s higher than expected mathematics performance.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMathematics Education Research: Impacting Practice
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 42nd annual conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia
EditorsG Hine, S Blackley, A Cooke
Place of PublicationPerth
PublisherMathematics Education Research Group of Australasia, MERGA.
Pages516-523
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9781920846312
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Event42nd Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia (MERGA) Conference 2019 - Curtin University, Perth, Australia
Duration: 30 Jun 201904 Jul 2019
http://www.promaco.com.au/events/MERGA/

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Conference42nd Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia (MERGA) Conference 2019
Abbreviated titleResearch Impacting Practice
CountryAustralia
CityPerth
Period30/06/1904/07/19
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    Murphy, S. (2019). Practices contributing to mathematics success in a low socioeconomic rural Victorian school. In G. Hine, S. Blackley, & A. Cooke (Eds.), Mathematics Education Research: Impacting Practice : Proceedings of the 42nd annual conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia (pp. 516-523). Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia, MERGA..