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ERIC Number: EJ1121977
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-2382-0349
A Developmental Perspective on Mathematics Teaching and Learning: The Case of Multiplicative Thinking
Young-Loveridge, Jenny
Teachers and Curriculum, v8 p49-58 2005
This paper looks at the issue of mathematics learning from a developmental perspective. It begins by focusing on the importance for teachers of understanding how mathematical thinking develops. The New Zealand Number Framework is used as an example of a developmental progression that is of particular relevance to the teaching of mathematics. The paper examines data from the Numeracy Development Project gathered by teachers using the diagnostic interview--the Numeracy Project Assessment (NumPA). The data comes from almost a quarter of a million students whose teachers have participated in the Numeracy Development Project over the past three years. Two major developmental progressions are explored in the paper- the transition from counting to part-whole strategies, and the move from additive to multiplicative part-whole thinking. The final section of the paper looks at some practical ways of fostering multiplicative thinking using structured materials.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: New Zealand
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