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Norway maths skills do not add up. Norwegian student teachers’ mathematics skills are on par with third-world countries, an assessment shows. The report is based on a Teacher Education and Development Study (TEDS) undertaken by students from 17 different countries, who answer a series of mathematical problems of varying difficulty. Results showed these students were often lagging behind their counterparts from Botswana, Malaysia, Poland, the US, and Russia.A study carried out 2001 also showed that student teachers lacked efficient skills in maths. Liv Sissel Grønmo from Oslo University told Aftenposten, “The results of the TEDS point to the need for a thorough review and debate about the content of teacher education in Norway. There has been some discussion in Norway about the length of teacher education programmes.”

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Norway maths skills do not add up

Published on Monday, 26th March, 2012 at 07:02 under the news category, by Lyndsey Smith   .

Norwegian student teachers’ mathematics skills are on par with third-world countries, an assessment shows.

A blackboard (illustration photo)
A blackboard (illustration photo)
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The report is based on a Teacher Education and Development Study (TEDS) undertaken by students from 17 different countries, who answer a series of mathematical problems of varying difficulty. Results showed these students were often lagging behind their counterparts from Botswana, Malaysia, Poland, the US, and Russia.A study carried out 2001 also showed that student teachers lacked efficient skills in maths.

Liv Sissel Grønmo from Oslo University told Aftenposten, “The results of the TEDS point to the need for a thorough review and debate about the content of teacher education in Norway. There has been some discussion in Norway about the length of teacher education programmes.”

Ms Grønmo believes that less emphasis has been put on general maths skills, with too much focus on pedagogy, fun, and games with students instead.

“Norway is facing major challenges ahead when it comes to mathematics. This applies at all levels in schools, as well as in teacher education programmes.”

“I don’t see any reason for us not being able to meet these if there is willingness amongst politicians and in the academic communities to take some essential, but not necessarily popular decisions,” she added.

Recent research undertaken by the Norwegian School of Economics (NHH) has also shown male teachers are less intelligent than several decades ago.



Published on Monday, 26th March, 2012 at 07:02 under the news category, by Lyndsey Smith   .

This post has the following tags: norwayteachers, teacherstudentmathsskillsnorway.


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