Theme 3: Contextualisation

Contextualisation that relates maths to real-world situations should be a core aspect of maths courses designed to prepare students for using maths in their future workplaces and general life.

The capacity to successfully engage with such maths should be a core learning goal of students many of whom have vocational aspirations.

A well-designed and delivered contextualised approach to maths may be more likely to motivate students as they realise its practical usefulness and relevance to their other studies.

The initial aim will be to develop approaches that seek to:

  • Structure effective learning that draws on context(s) to enhance mathematical understanding (the Realistic Maths Education (RME) approach)
  • Support students’ comprehension, interpretation and metacognitive skills to support contextual problem-solving.

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