Traditional teaching methods, where the teacher stands at the front and dictates to the class, may be affecting students’ attitudes toward math, suggested by researchers at the University of Manchester.
More than 13,000 11- to 16-year-old students and 128 teachers at 40 secondary schools across England were asked to complete questionnaires detailing the kind of activities they experienced in math lessons. The study found that:
- Traditional activities such as copying the teacher’s notes from the board and being asked questions by the teacher were most frequently cited, ahead of alternative learning approaches such as using media-like magazines and videos in class.
- Students who reported a more traditional teaching experience in their lessons also named math as their least favorite subject.
The results of a review in 2009 from the Johns Hopkins School of Education’s Center for Research and Reform in Education, Effective Programs in Middle and High School Mathematics: A Best-Evidence Synthesis, found that the most successful programs for teaching math focus on changing daily teaching practices, particularly the use of cooperative learning methods, and encourage student interaction.
Source (Open Access): University of Manchester. (2012, September 07). Traditional teaching methods still dominant in maths classrooms .Retrieved from http://www.manchester.ac.uk/discover/news/traditional-teaching-methods-still-dominant-in-maths-classrooms/