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ERIC Number: EJ793995
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 16
ISSN: ISSN-1326-0286
It's about Time: Difficulties in Developing Time Concepts
Harris, Sally
Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, v13 n1 p28-31 2008
For years, students have become frustrated with the task of learning to tell time, and teachers have become frustrated at not fully understanding why this task is such a difficult one . The concepts of time include point of time ("measured" or labelled by clocks, and calendars), and durations (measuring elapsed time)--abstract ideas about the nature of time as a flowing direction. Beyond that, most of the experiences with time in the school curriculum involve labelling, scale-conversions (e.g., minutes into seconds, minutes into hours, etc.), and translating or interpreting the use of these labels in different contexts. In this article, the author examines some of the difficulties students experience with the concept of time and the telling of time. She states that, while the teaching strategies and activities currently offered by the Mathematics Developmental Continuum do not adequately address student difficulties, they do provide a starting point for teachers to consider possible strategies to support students challenged by these difficulties.
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: Elementary Education; Primary Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia