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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

Hunter, Jodie; Jones, Ian – Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia, 2018

We administered specially-designed, free-response mathematics tasks to primary students (N = 583, ages five to 12 years old). Our focus was on whether (i) the children's responses could be reliably assessed, and (ii) the responses could provide insights into children's mathematical thinking. We used a contemporary comparative judgement technique,…

Descriptors: Student Reaction, Elementary School Students, Elementary School Mathematics, Mathematics Instruction

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

Pearn, Catherine; Stephens, Max – Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia, 2017

In this paper, we report on how Year 5 and 6 students (10 to 13 years old) solve reverse fraction problems; that is, where students are required to find the quantity of an unknown whole given a known partial quantity and its equivalent fraction of the unknown whole. To what extent do students' solutions generalise fraction structures that indicate…

Descriptors: Fractions, Algebra, Thinking Skills, Mathematics Instruction

Sawatzki, Carly – Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia, 2017

In this paper, I explore data collected from more than 300 Year 5 and 6 students in four government primary schools in urban Darwin. Students were asked to respond to real-world problem contexts involving fundraising as an example of an enterprise activity. The findings reveal that familiarity with the problem context, personal values, and…

Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Elementary School Students, Grade 5, Grade 6

MacDonald, Amy; Carmichael, Colin – Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia, 2016

International research suggests that early mathematical competences predicts later mathematical outcomes. In this paper, we build on our previous study of young children's mathematical competencies (MacDonald & Carmichael, 2015) to explore the relationship between mathematical competencies at 4-5 years, as measured by teacher ratings, and…

Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Longitudinal Studies, Mathematics Instruction, Young Children

McCormick, Melody – Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia, 2016

Student learning is greatest in classrooms where students engage in problem solving tasks that are cognitively demanding. However, there are growing concerns that many Australian students are given limited opportunities to engage in these types of tasks. 108 upper primary school teachers were surveyed to examine task features and cognitive demand…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Elementary School Mathematics, Foreign Countries, Problem Solving

Parish, Linda – Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia, 2016

This case-study explores the impact of a 12 week in-class intervention designed to encourage creativity, inquiry and exploration as a normal and expected part of mathematics lessons, with a particular focus on supporting the learning of highly capable and gifted students. Fred is a mathematically highly capable grade five student whose personal…

Descriptors: Creativity, Case Studies, Mathematics Achievement, High Achievement

Davidson, Aylie – Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia, 2016

There is growing consensus that the process of planning mathematics lessons is as complex as teaching them, yet there is limited research on this. This paper reports on one aspect of a project examining issues in primary teachers' mathematics planning. The results, taken from a questionnaire completed by 62 primary teachers, indicate that when…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Elementary School Teachers, Planning, Knowledge Level