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The usefulness of "Maths Histories" as (part of) a holistic assessment tool

Beeli-Zimmermann, Sonja; Nydegger, Annegret (2019). The usefulness of "Maths Histories" as (part of) a holistic assessment tool. In: Kelly, Beth; Dalby, Diane; Kaye, David; Stacey, Jenny (eds.) Proceedings of the 25th International Conference of Adults Learning Maths – A Research Forum (ALM) (pp. 28-34). London: UCL Institute of Education

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A key issue in any educational context is diagnostic assessment, as this is often used to inform placement in and planning of specific classes. When it comes to adults with low educational achievements, the issue of assessing students is even more pertinent, since many of them have had negative educational experiences and are averse to formal tests. In this contribution we present first experiences with a qualitative assessment tool called maths histories, a concept that is based on the idea that individuals draw their personal maths history as a line graph. We shared insights learned from pilot interviews which we conducted with young and more experienced adults as well as a teacher and discuss next steps in developing this assessment tool.

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Book Section (Book Chapter)

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Beeli-Zimmermann, Sonja, Nydegger, Annegret


UCL Institute of Education




Jessica Brunner

Date Deposited:

28 Jul 2022 10:34

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28 Jul 2022 10:34

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mathematics, adult learners, assessment


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