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Sawatzki, Carly; Goos, Merrilyn – Mathematics Education Research Journal, 2018

This article examines some of the complexities associated with developing financially literate, enterprising young Australians through school education. We aimed to explore what seems to influence students in pricing goods for sale within their school community. Data were collected from more than 300 years 5 and 6 students (10-12 years of age) in…

Descriptors: Costs, Foreign Countries, Decision Making, Fund Raising

MacDonald, Amy; Carmichael, Colin – Mathematics Education Research Journal, 2018

International research suggests that early mathematical competence predicts later mathematical achievement. In this article, we explore the relationship between mathematical competencies at 4-5 years, as measured by teacher ratings, and later results on Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 "National Assessment Program -- Literacy and Numeracy" (NAPLAN)…

Descriptors: Numeracy, Mathematics Instruction, Longitudinal Studies, Foreign Countries

Fielding-Wells, Jill; O'Brien, Mia; Makar, Katie – Mathematics Education Research Journal, 2017

Inquiry-based learning (IBL) is a pedagogical approach in which students address complex, ill-structured problems set in authentic contexts. While IBL is gaining ground in Australia as an instructional practice, there has been little research that considers implications for student motivation and engagement. Expectancy-value theory (Eccles and…

Descriptors: Inquiry, Teaching Methods, Foreign Countries, Expectation

Gould, Peter – Mathematics Education Research Journal, 2017

Learning to count and to produce the correct sequence of number words in English is not a simple process. In NSW government schools taking part in "Early Action for Success", over 800 students in each of the first 3 years of school were assessed every 5 weeks over the school year to determine the highest correct oral count they could…

Descriptors: Computation, Longitudinal Studies, Numbers, Number Concepts

Jorgensen, Robyn; Larkin, Kevin – Mathematics Education Research Journal, 2017

In this article, we argue the need to use inter-disciplinary paradigms to make sense of a range of findings from a research project. We developed a methodology using iPad diaries to uncover young students' thinking--mathematical, social and affective--so as to better understand their experiences of mathematics. These students, predominantly from…

Descriptors: Models, Research Projects, Methods, Foreign Countries

Sawatzki, Carly – Mathematics Education Research Journal, 2017

As part of ongoing design-based research exploring financial literacy teaching and learning, 10 tasks termed "financial dilemmas" were trialled by 14 teachers and more than 300 year 5 and 6 students in four government primary schools in urban Darwin. Drawing on data related to three tasks--"Catching the bus," "Laser…

Descriptors: Money Management, Grade 4, Grade 5, Mathematics Teachers

Wilkie, Karina J. – Mathematics Education Research Journal, 2016

A key aspect of learning algebra in the middle years of schooling is exploring the functional relationship between two variables: noticing and generalising the relationship, and expressing it mathematically. This article describes research on the professional learning of upper primary school teachers for developing their students' functional…

Descriptors: Algebra, Mathematics Instruction, Generalization, Elementary School Mathematics

Handal, Boris; Campbell, Chris; Cavanagh, Michael; Petocz, Peter – Mathematics Education Research Journal, 2016

This study validated the semantic items of three related scales aimed at characterising the perceived worth of mathematics-education-related mobile applications (apps). The technological pedagogical content knowledge (TPACK) model was used as the conceptual framework for the analysis. Three hundred and seventy-three preservice students studying…

Descriptors: Preservice Teacher Education, Mathematics Education, Courseware, Relevance (Education)

Bragg, Leicha A.; Herbert, Sandra; Loong, Esther Yoon-Kin; Vale, Colleen; Widjaja, Wanty – Mathematics Education Research Journal, 2016

Mathematical reasoning is now featured in the mathematics curriculum documents of many nations, but this necessitates changes to teaching practice and hence a need for professional learning. The development of children's mathematical reasoning requires appropriate encouragement and feedback from their teacher who can only do this if they recognise…

Descriptors: Mathematical Aptitude, Mathematical Logic, Elementary School Teachers, Mathematics Curriculum

Watson, Jane M.; English, Lyn D. – Mathematics Education Research Journal, 2015

The practice of statistics is the focus of the world in which professional statisticians live. To understand meaningfully what this practice is about, students need to engage in it themselves. Acknowledging the limitations of a genuine classroom setting, this study attempted to expose four classes of year 5 students (n?=?91) to an authentic…

Descriptors: Statistics, Mathematics Instruction, Mathematics Achievement, Teaching Methods

Miller, Jodie; Warren, Elizabeth – Mathematics Education Research Journal, 2014

Students living in disadvantaged contexts and whose second language is English (ESL) are at risk of not succeeding in school mathematics. It has been internationally recognised that students' socioeconomic background and their achievements in mathematics is more pronounced for Australian students (Thomson et al. 2011). This gap is even more…

Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Mathematics Education, English (Second Language), English Language Learners

Roche, Anne; Clarke, Doug M.; Clarke, David J.; Sullivan, Peter – Mathematics Education Research Journal, 2014

The content and purpose of written unit plans in mathematics is an under-researched area. In this article, we provide a brief overview of research on teachers' planning processes and the place of mental and written plans. We report on data from a questionnaire completed by 357 teachers from Victorian Catholic primary schools, where we focused on…

Descriptors: Elementary School Teachers, Mathematics Instruction, Elementary School Mathematics, Activity Units

Roche, Anne; Clarke, Doug M. – Mathematics Education Research Journal, 2013

This article reports on a study that was conducted with 378 primary teachers from Catholic schools in Victoria who participated in the first year of a 2-year research and professional learning program in mathematics. One aim of the program was to enhance teacher knowledge in mathematics in its many forms. As part of the larger study, the teachers…

Descriptors: Teacher Characteristics, Catholic Schools, Mathematics Education, Mathematics Instruction

Mushin, Ilana; Gardner, Rod; Munro, Jennifer M. – Mathematics Education Research Journal, 2013

In classrooms tests, students are regularly required to demonstrate their understanding of mathematical concepts. When children encounter problems in demonstrating such understanding, it is often not clear whether this is because of the language of the teachers' questions and instructions or a genuine non-understanding of the concept itself. This…

Descriptors: Mathematics Tests, Mathematics Education, Language Role, Demonstrations (Educational)

Sullivan, Peter; Clarke, David J.; Clarke, Doug M.; Farrell, Lesley; Gerrard, Jessica – Mathematics Education Research Journal, 2013

Insights into teachers' planning of mathematics reported here were gathered as part of a broader project examining aspects of the implementation of the Australian curriculum in mathematics (and English). In particular, the responses of primary and secondary teachers to a survey of various aspects of decisions that inform their use of curriculum…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Lesson Plans, Mathematics Curriculum, Elementary School Teachers

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