The Math Forum: 1996 
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July 15-19, 1996 - Swarthmore, Pennsylvania

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Peter Moulds

Address: 5/34 Edmonstone Street, Newmarket, Queensland Australia 4051
Phone: 61-07-3856 5963
School: The Girls' Grammar School, Brisbane

Peter Moulds is Mathematics Co-ordinator of Years 10 and 11 at the Brisbane Girls' Grammar School in Queensland, Australia. He is working toward his Ph.D. in Mathematics Education, conducting a study in which he proposes that four variables: Locus of Control, Volitional Control, Field Dependence/Independence and Self-Assessment have a significant effect on girls' academic achievement in the areas of knowledge and application in year 11 mathematics. (Preliminary findings are showing positive correlations between internality, active orientations, field independence and academic achievement.) He is involved on the Mathematics Education, Oz Teachers and Problem based Learning Discussion Lists.

Peter writes that "To raise the level of competence of mathematics, mathematics education should concern itself with modes of thinking which provide ways of modelling situations in order to explore, describe or control our social, biological and physical environments. Mathematics education must recognise the dynamic nature of mathematics and encourage an approach to its study through problem solving and applications in life related contexts. Students must be given the opportunity to appreciate and experience the power which has been given to mathematics by computer technology.... The challenge is not only to integrate technology into the mathematics curriculum but to develop a much more contextual approach to our mathematics teaching....

Working Group: Modelling and Statistical Analysis

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