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Dr. Mantyka interviewed by CBC - "Why N.L.'s math curriculum is failing students"
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CBC reporter Caroline Hillier recently caught up with Mantyka to discuss her issues with the K-12 math curriculum and how she helps first-year students fill the gap in their math knowledge.

Sherry Mantyka says she wants students to know that, as downtrodden and defeated as they might feel when they face first-year math courses at Memorial University, they're fully capable of working out the numbers themselves.

Mantyka, an associate professor of mathematics and statistics at Memorial and the director of its Mathematics Learning Centre, says there are fundamental issues with students' math skills when they begin their post-secondary education — and it's largely not their fault.

She says it's due to a shift in the math curriculum that they've being taught in grade schools in Newfoundland and Labrador.

The most recent changes to the curriculum came about when education stakeholders outlined a need for a better balance between the study of math basics and a more conceptual understanding of how math processes work.

This prompted the province's Department of Education (and many other Canadian jurisdictions) to conduct a major review of its math curriculum in 2007.

The department then developed the Excellence in Mathematics Strategy, which included the implementation of a new math curriculum (the same one being used in other parts of Canada), in 2008.

While kindergarten to Grade 10 students in the province are already being taught this new curriculum, Grade 11 students will be introduced to it this fall, and high school seniors won't see it until September 2013.

CBC reporter Caroline Hillier recently caught up with Mantyka to discuss her issues with the K-12 math curriculum and how she helps first-year students fill the gap in their math knowledge.

For more of this interview please visit the below link:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/story/2012/09/06/nl-sherry-mantyka-math-questions-906.html

 

Sep 6th, 2012

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