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ERIC Number: EJ898699
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 9
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 5
ISSN: ISSN-0045-0685
What's Average?
Stack, Sue; Watson, Jane; Hindley, Sue; Samson, Pauline; Devlin, Robyn
Australian Mathematics Teacher, v66 n3 p7-15 2010
This paper reports on the experiences of a group of teachers engaged in an action research project to develop critical numeracy classrooms. The teachers initially explored how contexts in the media could be used as bases for activities to encourage student discernment and critical thinking about the appropriate use of the underlying mathematical concepts. As a result they found it is better to embed critical thinking in the design of whole units of study rather than just to treat it as an add-on to the mathematics curriculum. The following suggests a possible unit of study around the topic of average that aims to build students' capacities for critical thinking. (Contains 8 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Middle Schools
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A