Research into research on adults in Bridging Mathematics: the past, the present and the future

Taylor, Janet A. and Galligan, Linda (2006) Research into research on adults in Bridging Mathematics: the past, the present and the future. In: 12th Annual International Conference of Adults Learning Mathematics-A Research Forum (ALM) jointly with the Australian Council for Adult Literacy, 3-7 July 2005, Melbourne, Australia.


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Bridging Mathematics has been an informal network of researchers and practitioners from Australian, New Zealand, Southern Africa and the Pacific since the late 1980s. The political and educational climate that saw the rise of the network in those early years is not the climate that exists today. However, although the change in climate has effected both the research and teaching practice of its members,fundamental issues related to adults learning mathematics in all its forms are still being discussed. In this paper we will trace the history of research into and about adults in bridging mathematics highlighting the major achievements along the way. The recurring questions about ‘What do we teach?’, ‘How do we teach it?’, ‘who will teach it?’ and ‘what do we do about the changing technologies?’ will be revisited, leading up to the final question – ‘Is bridging mathematics still necessary?

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
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Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Learning and Teaching Support Unit
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2007 01:19
Last Modified: 02 Dec 2015 05:23
Uncontrolled Keywords: mathematics support, university, adults; higher education research
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130208 Mathematics and Numeracy Curriculum and Pedagogy

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