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4.7.5 To accelerate or not: Negotiating the secondary mathematics curriculum with mathematically able adolescent females

This research examined mathematically able female adolescents’ perceptions of their accelerated mathematics programs. This qualitative research had eight female participants reflect retrospectively in response to a self-administered questionnaire on their perceptions and experiences of a secondary accelerated mathematics program and their engagement in the Australian Victorian Certificate of Education subject Mathematical Methods Units 3 and 4 as accelerated Year 11 students. The qualitative findings revealed that the female participants had a positive recollection of their accelerated mathematics. It is proposed that this Australian data provides support to the educational practice of accelerating mathematical learning for highly mathematically able adolescents.


Julie Bartley - Buntz
Monash University

Julie Bartley - Buntz is currently a PhD candidate in the Faculty of Education at Monash University, Victoria, Australia after recently completing her Master of Education (specialising in Gifted Education). Julie has been a secondary mathematics teacher for many years, most recently being the Head of Mathematics at a leading independent coeducational college. Julie has a strong interest in the education of females particularly in encouraging them to strive to develop their mathematical knowledge and venture into the STEM fields.

Leonie Kronborg
Monash University

Dr. Leonie Kronborg, Senior Lecturer and Co-ordinator of Postgraduate Studies in Gifted Education at the Faculty of Education, Monash University teaches gifted education at pre-service and post graduate level, and supervises PhD students with research interests in gifted education and talent development. She is a past president of the Australian Association for the Education of Gifted Children and elected Executive Member of the World Council for Gifted and Talented Children, 2013-2017. She gained the Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence in 2013; is Co-Editor of Gifted and Talented International journal and on the Editorial Board of Australasian Journal of Gifted Education.


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