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Thinking like a mathematician

"Disadvantaged students tend to learn simple facts and figures; more privileged young people develop deep conceptual understanding"

By Wendy Jones  

A maths exam in progress ©David Davies/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Now read: How to make Britain numerate again

The OECD likes its education stats. In the four years since it published the results of its 2012 survey of 85,000 15-year-olds in 65 countries as part of the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), it’s been relentlessly recycling the figures, milking a massive bank of international data to offer new insights into what works and what countries could be doing better.


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