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ERIC Number: EJ1057449
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Nov
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 35
ISSN: EISSN-1744-1803
Provoking Mathematical Thinking: Experiences of Doing Realistic Mathematics Tasks with Adult Numeracy Teachers
Gibney, Janette
Adults Learning Mathematics, v9 n2 p97-115 Nov 2014
This action research project looks at what happened when a small group of adult numeracy teachers with widely different experiences of learning and teaching mathematics explored their own informal numeracy practices and undertook a series of collaborative mathematical tasks. Evidence from qualitative data collected during the enquiry suggests that "realistic" tasks can provoke a range of mathematical thinking and learning responses which allow us to identify ways in which "procedural" and "conceptual" thinking is being used, and to track learning journeys through different stages of problem-solving. Although more experienced numeracy teachers could move between and within their "real worlds" and "maths worlds" with intent and ease, others had less integrated experiences, often valuing perceived mathematical powers over their own intuitive powers, with mixed success.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom