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ERIC Number: EJ984995
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Dec
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 30
ISSN: ISSN-1033-2170
Investigating Grade Nine Textbook Problems for Characteristics Related to Mathematical Literacy
Gatabi, Abolfazl Rafiepour; Stacey, Kaye; Gooya, Zahra
Mathematics Education Research Journal, v24 n4 p403-421 Dec 2012
This study presents a content analysis of the new Iranian Grade 9 mathematics textbook and two Australian Year 9 mathematics textbooks, examining the extent to which the problems show characteristics associated in the literature with promoting mathematical literacy. The new Iranian book was produced to meet a range of needs including several well aligned with mathematical literacy for all students. Australia was selected as the comparison country because of its relatively high international achievement in mathematical literacy. Three comparable chapters in each book were analysed for these characteristics. When considering the percentages of problems showing each characteristic, there was considerable similarity between the textbooks. However, the Australian mathematics textbooks contain many more problems than the Iranian textbook and each chapter includes problems in a diverse range of contexts and the mathematical tasks range from simple applications of formulas to real world modelling although of a constrained nature. With many fewer problems, the Iranian textbook has considerably less diversity of context and very little opportunity for students to engage in mathematical modelling, the key process of mathematical literacy.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 9; Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia; Iran