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ERIC Number: EJ793978
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 8
ISSN: ISSN-1326-0286
Finding the Maths: Helping Students Connect Their Mathematical Knowledge to Other Contexts
Hurst, Chris
Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, v12 n2 p25-29 2007
The plethora of data that confronts teachers on a daily basis requires that they know more than simply being able to calculate. It demands that they understand the context in which the mathematical ideas are embedded and what those ideas are telling them in relation to that context. Also, it necessitates that they are prepared to question how data, and the associated claims, are presented. For primary teachers, the implication is that they must be prepared to help their students to develop these skills. The "Finding the Maths" strategy described in this article has been shown to be successful in helping students achieve this outcome. The aim of using this strategy is to encourage students to develop the three types of thinking referred to in the numeracy framework (fluent operator, mathematical learner, and critical mathematician) and to assume the roles of the "mathematical learner" and "critical mathematician." This strategy was used in tandem with the "Debriefing the Numeracy" strategy that was designed to focus student thinking on the embedded mathematics in a particular context. (Contains 2 figures and 6 student work samples.)
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