The history and development of mathematics examinations in New South Wales at the end of secondary schooling between 1788 and 2010

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dc.contributor.author Curtis, Stephen Andrew
dc.date.accessioned 2011-08-26T05:14:14Z
dc.date.accessioned 2012-12-15T03:53:38Z
dc.date.available 2011-08-26T05:14:14Z
dc.date.available 2012-12-15T03:53:38Z
dc.date.issued 2011
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2100/1262
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10453/20385
dc.description University of Technology, Sydney. Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.
dc.description.abstract This doctoral dissertation reviews the historical developments of education and mathematics examinations used in New South Wales at the end of secondary schooling from 1788 to 2010. A heuristic investigative process, using a manual application of quantitative content analysis was carried out. Time was used as an independent variable with an application of middle range theory to underpin the theoretical framework for this research. The hypothesis is that over an extended period of time, it would be reasonable to expect changes to the examination process due to the influence of factors such as historical and political events, curriculum developments, and changes in social values. The results indicate there was just one significant change identified in the early 1960s. Contrary to expectations, an analysis of the taxonomy of terms has shown that the majority of the questions were skills based and did not test logical thinking and reasoning. Apart from gender and racial equality, the style and the type of questions have not taken into account any other social changes. In view of the above the concluding chapter will suggest ways forward for educational research. en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.subject Examinations. en
dc.subject Mathematics. en
dc.subject High schools. en
dc.subject New South Wales. en
dc.title The history and development of mathematics examinations in New South Wales at the end of secondary schooling between 1788 and 2010 en
dc.type Thesis (PhD) en


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