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ERIC Number: EJ867335
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 16
ISSN: ISSN-0045-0685
Using NAPLAN Items to Develop Students' Thinking Skills and Build Confidence
Anderson, Judy
Australian Mathematics Teacher, v65 n4 p17-23 2009
The focus of this paper is the use of National Assessment Program in Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) items to develop students' competence in reading mathematical text, to promote thinking strategies including estimation, and to evaluate alternative solutions for errors and misconceptions. Showing students test items and discussing strategies for thinking about questions and responses promotes student confidence and resilience, and enables a greater sense of student control over their learning. Teachers best carry out assessment as they talk to and observe their students. For teachers who feel the pressure to prepare their students for the tests, the author is recommending the use of NAPLAN items as discussion starters to promote thinking. (Contains 7 figures and 1 table.)
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: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia