School mathematics leaders' perceptions of successes and challenges of their leadership role within a mathematics improvement project

Matthew Sexton, Ann Downton

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The mathematics curriculum leader plays an important role in leading the mathematics curriculum in primary schools. They experience successes and face challenges associated with this leadership role. The perceptions that 25 mathematics leaders held about the successes and challenges they experienced whilst participating in a school mathematics project are reported. Main successes included improved mathematics planning practices using key ideas, transformed cultures concerning mathematics education, and greater use of quality tasks. The main challenge related to sustaining improvements and maintaining the profile of mathematics in school improvement agendas after involvement in the project.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCurriculum in Focus
Subtitle of host publicationResearch Guided Practice: Proceedings of the 37th Annual Conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia
EditorsJudy Anderson, Michael Cavanagh, Anne Prescott
Place of PublicationAdelaide SA Australia
PublisherMathematics Education Research Group of Australasia (MERGA)
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)9781920846275
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes
EventAnnual conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia 2014 - Sydney, Australia
Duration: 29 Jun 20143 Jul 2014
Conference number: 37th (Proceedings)


ConferenceAnnual conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia 2014
Abbreviated titleMERGA 2014
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