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ERIC Number: EJ986710
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Jun-22
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 31
ISSN: ISSN-1473-0111
School Transition from Year 6 to Year 7: A Focus on Mathematics
Bicknell, Brenda; Hunter, Roberta
International Journal for Mathematics Teaching and Learning, Jun 2012
Moving from primary school (Year 6) to the next stage in schooling (Year 7 intermediate or middle school) can provide challenges for students, teachers, and parents. A study was carried out to investigate these challenges with a focus on mathematics for 65 students from six different urban primary schools in New Zealand. Qualitative data were collected from school and teacher documents, questionnaires, and interviews pre- and post-transition. Attention was paid to classroom practices and curriculum continuity, students' preparedness for the transition, and the kinds of support provided for the students. Students experienced a change in the mathematics classroom from a task-orientated perspective to a performance-orientated perspective. There were commonalities and differences among the students, teachers, and parents about the transition process and in particular preparedness, support, and mathematical practices. (Contains 1 table and 1 footnote.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education; Elementary Secondary Education; Grade 6; Grade 7; Junior High Schools; Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New Zealand