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Davidson, Aylie – Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia, 2016
There is growing consensus that the process of planning mathematics lessons is as complex as teaching them, yet there is limited research on this. This paper reports on one aspect of a project examining issues in primary teachers' mathematics planning. The results, taken from a questionnaire completed by 62 primary teachers, indicate that when…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Elementary School Teachers, Planning, Knowledge Level
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Main, Susan; O'Rourke, John – Australian Journal of Teacher Education, 2011
This paper reports on a pilot study that compared the use of commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) handheld game consoles (HGCs) with traditional teaching methods to develop the automaticity of mathematical calculations and self-concept towards mathematics for year 4 students in two metropolitan schools. One class conducted daily sessions using the HGCs…
Descriptors: Teacher Effectiveness, Values Education, Teaching Methods, Games
Lomas, Laurinda – Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia, 2018
This paper proposes structural modification of the Clarke and Hollingsworth (2002) Interconnected Model of Teacher Professional Growth (IMTPG) based on results from doctoral research that studied the changes in mathematical knowledge and beliefs of two Year 5/6 teachers as they implemented a four-week, innovative curriculum unit. These inclusions…
Descriptors: Faculty Development, Grade 4, Grade 5, Elementary School Mathematics
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Sawatzki, Carly; Goos, Merrilyn – Mathematics Education Research Journal, 2018
This article examines some of the complexities associated with developing financially literate, enterprising young Australians through school education. We aimed to explore what seems to influence students in pricing goods for sale within their school community. Data were collected from more than 300 years 5 and 6 students (10-12¬†years of age) in…
Descriptors: Costs, Foreign Countries, Decision Making, Fund Raising
Sampson, Demetrios G., Ed.; Spector, J. Michael, Ed.; Ifenthaler, Dirk, Ed.; Isaias, Pedro, Ed. – International Association for Development of the Information Society, 2014
These proceedings contain the papers of the 11th International Conference on Cognition and Exploratory Learning in the Digital Age (CELDA 2014), October 25-27, 2014, which has been organized by the International Association for Development of the Information Society (IADIS) and endorsed by the Japanese Society for Information and Systems in…
Descriptors: Conference Papers, Teaching Methods, Technological Literacy, Technology Uses in Education
Parvanehnezhad, Zahra; Clarkson, Philip – Mathematics Education Research Journal, 2008
Teachers are often unaware that bilingual students often switch between their languages when doing mathematics. Little research has been undertaken into this phenomenon. Results are reported here from a study of language switching by sixteen Year 4/5 Iranian bilingual students as they solved mathematical problems in an interview situation. Reasons…
Descriptors: Immigrants, Grade 4, Grade 5, Foreign Countries
Brown, Raymond; Hirst, Elizabeth – Journal of Classroom Interaction, 2007
Classroom talk is regarded as essential in engaging and developing student understandings in the domain of mathematics. The processes of classroom talk may occur in quite different ways, ways that shape particular opportunities for learning mathematics. Little is known about how the talk produced in innovative approaches to education mediates the…
Descriptors: Classroom Communication, Mathematics Instruction, Teaching Methods, Discussion (Teaching Technique)
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Lowrie, Tom; Diezmann, Carmel M. – Journal of Educational Research, 2007
The authors investigated the performance of 172 Grade 4 students (9 to 10 years) over 12 months on a 36-item test that comprised items from 6 distinct graphical languages (e.g., maps) commonly used to convey mathematical information. Results revealed (a) difficulties in Grade 4 students' capacity to decode a variety of graphics, (b) significant…
Descriptors: Grade 4, Grade 5, Spatial Ability, Gender Differences
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King, Donna; English, Lyn D. – International Journal of Science Education, 2016
Internationally there is a need for research that focuses on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education to equip students with the skills needed for a rapidly changing future. One way to do this is through designing engineering activities that reflect real-world problems and contextualise students' learning of STEM concepts.…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Elementary School Students, Qualitative Research, Foreign Countries
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Bobis, Janette – Mathematics Teacher Education and Development, 2011
With deliberate system-level reform now being acted upon around the world, both successful and unsuccessful cases provide a rich source of knowledge from which we can learn to improve large-scale reform. Research surrounding the effectiveness of a theory-based system-wide numeracy reform operating in primary schools across Australia is examined to…
Descriptors: Evidence, Numeracy, Measures (Individuals), Program Implementation
Pearn, Catherine; Stephens, Max – Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia, 2017
In this paper, we report on how Year 5 and 6 students (10 to 13 years old) solve reverse fraction problems; that is, where students are required to find the quantity of an unknown whole given a known partial quantity and its equivalent fraction of the unknown whole. To what extent do students' solutions generalise fraction structures that indicate…
Descriptors: Fractions, Algebra, Thinking Skills, Mathematics Instruction
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Sawatzki, Carly – Mathematics Education Research Journal, 2017
As part of ongoing design-based research exploring financial literacy teaching and learning, 10 tasks termed "financial dilemmas" were trialled by 14 teachers and more than 300 year 5 and 6 students in four government primary schools in urban Darwin. Drawing on data related to three tasks--"Catching the bus," "Laser…
Descriptors: Money Management, Grade 4, Grade 5, Mathematics Teachers
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Roche, Anne; Clarke, Doug – Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, 2014
Anne Roche and Doug Clarke discuss the importance of developing students' persistence in relation to problem solving during the use of challenging tasks. They provide a useful list of strategies that teachers can use to encourage persistence amongst their students.
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Academic Persistence, Mathematics Teachers, Mathematics
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O'Rourke, John; Main, Susan; Ellis, Michelle – Australasian Journal of Educational Technology, 2013
Games technology in the form of hand-held game consoles (HGCs) when focussed on specific academic skill development has the capacity to engage students in learning and in turn produce positive academic results. This current research explores teacher perceptions of the implementation of HGCs to enhance the development of mental maths skills (namely…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Educational Technology, Handheld Devices, Educational Games
Watson, Jane M.; Kelly, Ben A. – International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education, 2003
A series of 13 survey questions based on a 50-50 spinner is used to explore school students' understanding of statistical variation in a chance setting. Five questions set the context by assessing understanding of theoretical expectation and representation of repeated trials in a stacked dot (line) plot. Four questions provide opportunity to…
Descriptors: Expectation, Comprehension, Statistics, Probability