The introduction of probability into Australian schools interpreted within a broad-spectrum ecological framework


Book: 
Proceedings of the 20th annual meetings of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia: People in Mathematics Education (MERGA)
Authors: 
Truran, J.
Editors: 
Biddulph, F. & Carr, K.
Category: 
Year: 
1997
Publisher: 
University of Waikato Printery
URL: 
See compilation of Research Papers from 1997 ID # 2852 (Garfield & Truran)
Abstract: 

This paper argues that the two models of curriculum development currently used to interpret Australian mathematics education history--the Colonial Echo model and the Muddling Through model--are both deficient, and proposes a more complex model--the Broad Spectrum Ecological model. This considers the physical, social and intellectual forces operating within a specific environment. One small aspect of mathematics education history, the introduction of probability teaching into Australian schools, is used to illustrate the superiority of this model.

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