Contexts for pure mathematics: an analysis of A-level mathematics papers

Little, Chris and Jones, Keith (2007) Contexts for pure mathematics: an analysis of A-level mathematics papers Proceedings of the British Society for Research into Learning Mathematics, 27, (1), pp. 48-53.


[img] PDF Little_Jones_BSRLM_Proceedings_27-1_2007.pdf - Accepted Manuscript
Download (99kB)


While there has been some research into the use of context in mathematics assessments pre-16, little, if any, work exists on the role of context in post-16 mathematics. For A- and AS-level mathematics courses in the UK, assessment schemes are required to include questions that test candidates' abilities to apply mathematical models to real-life contexts, and to translate real-life contexts into mathematics. This paper explores the ways in which context occurs in ‘pure’ mathematics questions and, through this, suggests a framework for analysis that encompasses issues such as accessibility, realism and authenticity.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: The pagination of this author's proof is the same as the published version
ISSNs: 1463-6840 (print)
Related URLs:
Keywords: contexts, real-life, pedagogy, assessment, curriculum, teaching, learning, pure, mathematics, england, school, uk, accessibility, realism, authenticity, a-level, as-level, research

Organisations: Mathematics, Science & Health Education
ePrint ID: 46692
Date :
Date Event
Date Deposited: 16 Jul 2007
Last Modified: 16 Apr 2017 18:33
Further Information:Google Scholar

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item