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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
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
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
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Livy, Sharyn; Muir, Tracey; Sullivan, Peter – Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, 2018
Productive struggle leads to productive classrooms where students work on complex problems, are encouraged to take risks, can struggle and fail yet still feel good about working on hard problems (Boaler, 2016). Teachers can foster a classroom culture that values and promotes productive struggle by providing students with challenging tasks. These…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Problem Solving, Mathematics, Professional Personnel