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New challenges in the 2011 revised middle school curriculum of South Korea: mathematical process and mathematical attitude. (English)
ZDM, Int. J. Math. Educ. 44, No. 2, 109-119 (2012).
Summary: The ‘future-oriented middle school mathematics curriculum focused on creativity and personality’ was revised in August of 2011 with the aim of nurturing students’ mathematical creativity and sound personalities. The curriculum emphasizes: contextual learning from which students can grasp mathematical concepts and make connections with their everyday lives; manipulation activities through which students may attain an intuitive idea of what they are learning and enhance their creativity; and reasoning to justify mathematical results based on their knowledge and experience. Since students will not be able to engage in the intended mathematical process with the study-load imposed by the current curriculum, the newly revised curriculum modifies or deletes some parts of the contents that have been traditionally taught mechanically. This paper provides a detailed overview of the main points of the revised curriculum.
Classification: B73 D33
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