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Loong, Esther; Vale, Colleen; Widjaja, Wanty; Herbert, Sandra; Bragg, Leicha A.; Davidson, Aylie – Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia, 2018
Despite mathematical reasoning being a proficiency included in mathematics curricula around the world, research has found that primary teachers struggle to understand, teach, and assess mathematical reasoning. A detailed rubric involving the three reasoning actions of analysing, generalising and justifying at five proficiency levels was refined…
Descriptors: Scoring Rubrics, Elementary School Mathematics, Elementary School Teachers, Mathematical Logic
Kennedy, Tierney – Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia, 2018
This article reports on the effectiveness of an intervention using conceptual change approaches within challenging tasks, on the mathematics gains for low-performing year 3-6 students in in six primary schools. Quantitative data from PAT-Maths testing for each year showed a consistently large effect size of 0.7 compared to expected gain data from…
Descriptors: Instructional Effectiveness, Mathematics Instruction, Low Achievement, Intervention
Getenet, Seyum; Fanshawe, Melissa – Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia, 2018
Considered by many as a source of valuable data and a potential to improve mathematics education, a significant amount of studies have been conducted on The National Assessment Program -- Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) test results. This study is a systematic literature review of 86 peer-reviewed journal articles published between 2008 and 2017 to…
Descriptors: Journal Articles, National Competency Tests, Standardized Tests, Literacy
McCormick, Melody – Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia, 2018
There have been many attempts to reform mathematics teaching in Australia to encourage teachers to use more cognitively demanding tasks that focus on problem solving and reasoning. However, there is limited specific advice for teachers on how best to do this. This paper reports on one set of survey items that examines 52 teachers' responses to…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Mathematics Instruction, Mathematics Teachers, Elementary School Teachers
Attard, Catherine; Edwards-Groves, Christine; Grootenboer, Peter – Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia, 2018
Teaching mathematics involves a lot of talking, and dialogic practices are central to most pedagogical practices in mathematics classrooms. Furthermore, for mathematical processes such as 'reasoning', 'explaining' and 'mathematical thinking' to be developed, there is a need for rich and robust dialogic interactions in the classroom. In this paper…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Foreign Countries, Elementary School Mathematics, Grade 5
Lomas, Laurinda – Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia, 2018
This paper proposes structural modification of the Clarke and Hollingsworth (2002) Interconnected Model of Teacher Professional Growth (IMTPG) based on results from doctoral research that studied the changes in mathematical knowledge and beliefs of two Year 5/6 teachers as they implemented a four-week, innovative curriculum unit. These inclusions…
Descriptors: Faculty Development, Grade 4, Grade 5, Elementary School Mathematics
Prodromou, Theodosia; Frederiksen, Nick – Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia, 2018
Mathematics anxiety is a known problem in mathematics education. This paper reports on a study looking at mathematics anxiety in a primary school classroom (year 6). Students were given a mathematics test and a following anxiety questionnaire to assess their levels of anxiety, to try to better understand issues that caused anxiety and to…
Descriptors: Mathematics Anxiety, Mathematics Instruction, Elementary School Students, Elementary School Mathematics
Fry, Kym; Hillman, Judith – Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia, 2018
Guided inquiry pedagogy is gaining recognition for promoting deep learning as students connect concepts, understandings and meanings to defend and justify their mathematical ideas. Research describes how it promotes the development of deep understandings, yet the approach can seem at odds with explicit teaching pedagogies that show potential for a…
Descriptors: Inquiry, Teaching Methods, Foreign Countries, Mathematics Instruction