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ERIC Number: ED573389
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Jul
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 13
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Watson, Jane; Chick, Helen
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)
This paper analyses the responses of 247 middle school students to items requiring the concept of average in three different contexts: a city's weather reported in maximum daily temperature, the number of children in a family, and the price of houses. The mixed but overall disappointing performance on the six items in the three contexts indicates the need for concerted efforts to link numeracy across the curriculum as required in the new "Australian Curriculum." [This research was partially funded by ARC Linkage Grant No. LP0669106.]
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Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: Middle Schools; Secondary Education; Junior High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Australian Research Council
Authoring Institution: Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia
Identifiers - Location: Australia