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ERIC Number: EJ793973
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 3
ISSN: ISSN-1326-0286
Mathematical Research Using Real Data in the R-7 Classroom
Darby, Naomi
Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, v12 n1 p29-32 2007
The idea of using mathematical research in the classroom to collect real data has been spoken about within education for many years. The question is, why should teachers bother with real data from their students' worlds and how do they actually put it into practice in the classroom? When using the mathematical research strategy for collecting, representing, and analysing real data, children are the driving force behind choosing the topics and questions for investigation. Consequently, interest and enthusiasm for learning is enhanced, as topics are about children and their own worlds. By forming and answering questions that are relevant to their own lives, children steer their own learning, producing new information that will potentially inform themselves, their peers, and family members. In other words, the conclusions that children reach via the mathematical research strategy have the potential to provoke change in others. Consequently, children will become aware of one of the many real world applications of mathematics: to inform others of trends, relationships, and advantageous options. In this article, the author takes an innovative approach to representing real data in the classroom. (Contains 3 figures.)
Australian Association of Mathematics Teachers (AAMT). GPO Box 1729, Adelaide 5001, South Australia. Tel: +61-8-8363-0288; Fax: +61-8-8362-9288; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Primary Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia