Investigating Cognitive demand of Higher-level Leaving Certificate Mathematics Examination Tasks Pre- and Post- Curriculum Reform

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Title: Investigating Cognitive demand of Higher-level Leaving Certificate Mathematics Examination Tasks Pre- and Post- Curriculum Reform
Authors: O'Connor, RachelNí Shúilleabháin, AoibhinnMeehan, Maria
Permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/10197/11687
Date: 11-Oct-2019
Online since: 2020-11-11T09:51:08Z
Abstract: In 2010 the phased introduction of the new Project Maths curriculum began in post-primary schools in Ireland. This new curriculum aimed to enable students to develop problem-solving skills by providing relevant, contextual applications of mathematics, while simultaneously increasing the levels of cognitive demand required of students. This research aims to investigate whether the levels of cognitive demand required to complete tasks in the Leaving Certificate Higher-level mathematics examinations changed as a result of the curriculum reform. The methodology of this research includes the systematic analysis of Leaving Certificate examination tasks, from 2007 to 2017, using an adaptation of the Stein and Smith (1998) task analysis framework. Using this framework, tasks were classified as being of high- level or low-level cognitive demand. Analysis of the data collected suggests that a statistically significant increase in the levels of high-cognitive demand tasks did occur following the curriculum reform. Our findings are discussed in relation to two recent studies that used different frameworks to examine the cognitive demand of tasks in post-primary mathematics.
Type of material: Conference Publication
Publisher: Institute of Education, Dublin City University
Keywords: Curriculum reformMathematics teachingCognitive demandLeaving Certificate examinationIreland
DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.3580824
Other versions: https://www.dcu.ie/institute_of_education/Conference-Research-Mathematics-Education.shtml
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Is part of: L. Harbison and A. Twohill (Eds.) Proceedings of the Seventh Conference on Research in Mathematics Education in Ireland (MEI 7)
Conference Details: The Seventh Conference on Research in Mathematics Education in Ireland (MEI7), Dublin, Ireland, 11-12 October 2019
ISBN: 978-1-873769-95-9
Appears in Collections:Mathematics and Statistics Research Collection

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