Department-initiated change

Watson, Anne; De Geest, Els
November 2014
Educational Studies in Mathematics;Nov2014, Vol. 87 Issue 3, p351
Academic Journal
This paper reports the activity of three secondary school mathematics departments in England in self-initiated states of change that led to overall improvements in students' achievements when compared to previous cohorts. This took place without intervention and without their participation in external projects. They provide examples of departments that can work effectively on their own development, and hence, their work adds to our knowledge of the potential for development through collaboration. The departments were monitored over 3 years, and data were analysed using the lens of activity theory. In contrast to departments in many studies, these departments worked overtly on mathematics pedagogy through the shared production and discussion of resources, shared planning and task design. Also in contrast to several other studies, they developed distinct ways to handle differences of subject knowledge among the teachers in the department. Their focus changed during the study from developing resource banks to supporting students' learning through hybrid teaching.


Related Articles

  • DfE release 'secret' data, revealing truth behind GCSE exams.  // Education (14637073);2/17/2012, Issue 457, p1 

    The article reports on data released by the British Department for Education regarding the performance of students on General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) examinations for the 2010-2011 school year and presents comments from Schools Minister Nick Gibb on the report.

  • Is there any future for "vecherca" (part-time department) in modern high educational system? Ershova, Olga // Concept / Koncept;2014, Issue 9, p1 

    The author argues on room of the part-time department in the modern high educational system. The author analyzes the facts and own observation, received as the result of a long-term operational experience in several leading high schools of our country.

  • PISA statement in the Commons.  // Education Journal;12/09/2013, Issue 184, p27 

    The article covers comments made by British Secretary of State for Education Michael Gove to the British House of Commons on December 3, 2013 in which he stated that the Programme for International Student assessment (PISA) concluded that England's academic achievement was ranked 21st in...

  • Secondary school league tables released.  // Education (14637073);1/27/2012, Issue 454, p2 

    The article discusses the release of secondary school league tables for 2011 by Great Britain's Department for Education (DfE), which provides figures related to student achievement and disadvantaged children's performance. Topics include comments by Schools Minister Nick Gibb, the academic...

  • New maths and English GCSEs.  // Education Journal;11/4/2013, Issue 179, p1 

    The article reports on a November 1, 2013 announcement by British Education Secretary Michael Gove regarding revisions to the General Certificates of Secondary Education (GCSEs) for English and mathematics that will add rigor to the examinations. It is said that secondary school students in...

  • Adjusting to Progress 8. McGarvey, Michael // School Leadership Today;2014, Vol. 6 Issue 2, p28 

    The article discusses the main implications of the new system of accountability Progress 8 for British school leaders with reform of General Certificates of Secondary Education (GCSEs) and A Levels involving new, more rigorous courses in English Language, English Literature and mathematics in...

  • Academies boost attainment among black pupils.  // Education Journal;6/30/2014, Issue 205, p13 

    The article discusses statistics released by the British Department for Education (DfE) which suggest that the academies programme has improved the academic achievement levels of black students as well as reduced the achievement gap since 2010. Details are provided on the performance of black...

  • Learning Undergraduate Mathematics in a Discovery-Enriched Approach. Kam-moon Liu; Kwok-chi Chim; Kwok-wai Chung; Daniel Wing-cheong Ho // World Academy of Science, Engineering & Technology;2012, Issue 72, p160 

    Students often adopt routine practicing as learning strategy for mathematics. The reason is they are often bound and trained to solving conventional-typed questions in Mathematics in high school. This will be problematic if students further consolidate this practice in university. Therefore, the...

  • PISA statement in the Lords.  // Education Journal;12/09/2013, Issue 184, p29 

    The article covers a statement from Great Britain's Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Schools, Lord Nash, regarding England's apparent declining level of academic achievement based on students' performances on the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA). According to Nash, changes...


Read the Article


Sorry, but this item is not currently available from your library.

Try another library?
Sign out of this library

Other Topics