Use the Web to close the mathematics gap

L.J. Gastel, van, H. Cuypers, H. Kooij, van der, D.T. Tempelaar, E.M. Vrie, van de

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In the Netherlands, a severe gap is felt between secondary and higher education when it comes to mathematics. For several years, a dispute is raging about causes and remedies. The gap in the mathematics transition was even a central topic in a parliamentary investigation into the problematic outcomes of educational innovations. In the meantime, a country-wide initiative was deployed to close the gap, especially focusing on the shortcomings in algebraic skills ( It brings together a broad range of mathematics materials in a web-based repository. Good practices of remedial courses are shared. Teams of teachers from secondary and higher education develop algebraic skills tests, that are positioned as a benchmark for algebraic skills. Interactive versions of the tests of publicly are available for practicing and for communicating the expectations about content and level.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicatione-Proceedings of the 6th JEM Workshop (Aachen, Germany, August 21, 2009; co-located with ICWL 2009)
Publication statusPublished - 2009


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