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ERIC Number: ED573292
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Jul
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
The Development of an Assessment Tool: Student Knowledge of the Concept of Place Value
Major, Karen
Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia, Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia (MERGA) (35th, Singapore, Jul 2-6, 2012)
The importance of student understanding of the concept of place value cannot be underestimated. Place value is a "gate keeper" in developing mathematical understanding. The purpose of this study was to examine and develop a teacher-made test of place value knowledge. The questions were developed using the progressions from the Number Framework (Bobis, Clarke, Clarke, Thomas, Wright et al., 2005). An exploratory factor analysis was used to evaluate the assessment tool. The analysis of student responses to the test questions revealed a three-factor structure that supported the existing literature on the progression in learning of place value ideas, by identifying the critical key ideas that underlie the concept of place value. The results validated the tool as a test of place value knowledge that could be used to assess the performance of Yrs. 3-9 students.
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Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Middle Schools; Secondary Education; Junior High Schools; High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia
Identifiers - Location: New Zealand