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ERIC Number: ED572577
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 13
Connecting Social and Mathematical Thinking: The Use of "Real Life" Contexts
Sawatzki, Carly
Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia, Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia (MERGA) (37th, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 2014)
This paper reports the findings of research into an educational intervention featuring open-ended mathematical problems situated in "real life" contexts and associated pedagogies. "Money and financial mathematics" is the topic in focus, with tasks termed "financial dilemmas" being trialled by 35 teachers in 16 Victorian primary schools. Drawing on the teachers' reactions to one task, "Catching a taxi," the strengths, challenges, and complexities associated with creating and/or selecting meaningful "real life" contexts for mathematics teaching and learning are discussed.
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Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia
Identifiers - Location: Australia