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ERIC Number: EJ1143507
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Mar
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0268-3679
Conceptual Understanding Weighting System: A Targeted Assessment Tool
Greene, Mairead; Shorter, Paula
Teaching Mathematics and Its Applications, v36 n1 p1-17 Mar 2017
The goal of this article is to introduce the revised Conceptual Understanding Weighting System (CUWS) Greene & Shorter (2012, Trans. Dial.), a tool for categorizing and weighting a mathematical task in order to identify the level of conceptual understanding being assessed by the task. In addition, there is discussion of how this weighting system relates to other frameworks that are currently used to classify mathematical tasks and student reasoning. Examples are provided to demonstrate how the revised CUWS can be used to calculate a conceptual understanding score for a particular exam, to create mathematical tasks that assess understanding at different levels and to analyse student understanding within those different levels. This in turn allows instructors to identify concepts with which students are struggling and quickly adapt classroom activities to improve students' understanding. The ability to use the CUWS to create mathematical tasks (not just categorize them) is one of the important goals of the CUWS and one that is not regularly emphasized when working with other frameworks to categorize mathematical tasks.
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Language: English
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