Promising practices in primary mathematics instruction (2009)

Lessons in Learning – June 10, 2009

Despite Canada’s strong performance on international assessments of mathematical skill among 15-year-olds, many Canadian students have weak math skills and struggle in their math classes. It has been suggested that classroom strategies fostering exploration and discovery, and guiding students to construct their own learning and knowledge, can be effective in ensuring that all students acquire strong mathematical skills.

However, based on a review of 37 articles published between 1990 and 2007, the authors of this paper suggest that such an approach has modest effects on student achievement.

From their analysis, they suggest that best practices in mathematics instruction are multiple and complementary; different methods benefit different students; resources must be deployed thoughtfully; and teachers and teacher training may be the most important factors in achievement.

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Canadian Council on Learning (CCL). Promising practices in primary mathematics instruction 2009. Web. 2 Dec. 2020 <http://en.copian.ca/library/research/ccl/lessons_learning/promising_practices/promising_practices.pdf>
Canadian Council on Learning (CCL) (2009). Promising practices in primary mathematics instruction. Retrieved December 2, 2020, from http://en.copian.ca/library/research/ccl/lessons_learning/promising_practices/promising_practices.pdf
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