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Murphy, Priscilla – Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia, 2018

In this paper, I report on doctoral research in which I investigated the relationships between student approaches to learning, conceptions of mathematics, mathematical self-efficacy, personal factors and examination results. Using seventy-three post-secondary mathematics students, some pertinent findings were: self-belief in selection processes…

Descriptors: Foreign Countries, College Students, Mathematics Skills, Self Efficacy

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

Brown, Paul – Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia, 2018

Research across five countries has identified inability to pay attention to mathematical detail -- the discipline of noticing -- is an issue in senior secondary school mathematics teachers. The test and questionnaire completed by an Australian cohort further identifies a reluctance to employ non-routine questions in assessments, with teachers…

Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Secondary School Teachers, Mathematics Teachers, Secondary School Mathematics

Gibbs, Bronwyn; Hunter, Roberta – Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia, 2018

Patterns of participation in mathematics are often affected by power and status structures in the classroom. This case study focuses on two 10-year-old students who have achievement and status and power issues in mathematics, within a class of predominantly Maori and Pasifika students from low socio-economic backgrounds. The findings illustrate…

Descriptors: Access to Education, Student Participation, Pacific Islanders, Ethnic Groups

Moala, John Griffith – Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia, 2018

This paper addresses the need for empirical research on the processes by which students create algorithms. I analyse the collaborative work of three high-school students on a contextualised graph theory task, in which they created an algorithm for maximising the happiness score of a seating arrangement. The group found an optimal arrangement but…

Descriptors: Mathematics, Group Activities, Graphs, Foreign Countries

Hill, Julia L. – Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia, 2018

Classrooms around the world are becoming increasingly diverse. A major challenge faced by educators is achieving equity for all mathematics learners. To achieve equity, educators need to acknowledge and cater for this increasing diversity which includes attending to values of their students. Drawing on survey responses and individual interviews,…

Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Student Diversity, Middle School Students, Student Attitudes

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

Pasifika cultures have a rich background of mathematics including a strong emphasis on patterns used within craft design (Finau & Stillman, 1995). However, there have been limited studies which have investigated the use of contextual Pasifika patterns in mathematics classrooms. The aim of this study was to explore how contextual Pasifika…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Generalization, Foreign Countries, Mathematics Achievement

Harris, Danielle; Lowrie, Tom – Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia, 2018

Mathematics in Australia specifies spatial reasoning as a general capability within the curriculum. However, psychological research to date limits spatial assessment to psychometric tests leaving little room for a well-defined spatial curriculum. Although there are clear relationships between mathematics and spatial thinking, the independence in…

Descriptors: Correlation, Mathematics Instruction, STEM Education, Spatial Ability

Eden, Raewyn – Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia, 2018

When working together to enact new and challenging pedagogies, sharing classroom practice is a key resource to inform teachers' inquiry conversations. Understanding the role of trust in collaborative inquiry represents an important tension when teachers are sharing aspects of their work to interrogate and improve their practice. The study used a…

Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Role, Trust (Psychology), Mathematics Teachers

Trinick, Tony; Meaney, Tamsin – Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia, 2017

For Indigenous students in minority education contexts, it is important that teachers have strategies to combine both cultural knowledge and mathematical knowledge in appropriate ways. This paper presents the results from analysing preservice teachers' statistical enquiry assignment linked to a cultural context, in a Maori-medium teacher education…

Descriptors: Indigenous Populations, Teacher Education Programs, Preservice Teacher Education, Cultural Relevance

Hawera, Ngarewa; Sharma, Sashi; Wright, Noeline – Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia, 2017

A current issue in initial teacher education (ITE) in Aotearoa, New Zealand is how students can best be supported to use digital technologies for mathematics teaching. While many ITE students are familiar with digital technologies for personal use, they are less likely to know how to incorporate them into the mathematics learning process.…

Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Electronic Learning, Mathematics Instruction, Foreign Countries

Getenet, Seyum; Callingham, Rosemary – Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia, 2017

The concept of fractions is perceived as one of the most difficult areas in school mathematics to learn and teach. The most frequently mentioned factors contributing to the complexity is fractions having five interrelated constructs: part-whole, ratio, operator, quotient, and measure. In this study, we used this framework to investigate the…

Descriptors: Fractions, Mathematics Instruction, Foreign Countries, Mathematical Concepts

Linsell, Chris; Holmes, Marilyn; Sullivan, Peter – Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia, 2016

This paper examines the learning by students who were participating in a project designed to promote persistence while working on mathematical tasks. We examined their learning of mathematics concepts and learning about the processes of engaging in mathematical tasks. There were substantial increases in students' knowledge of angles and also…

Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Task Analysis, Mathematics Activities, Science Projects

Mills, Judith – Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia, 2016

This paper presents findings from classroom observations of one teacher (Beth). It focusses on the development of conceptual understanding of fractions with her students, articulated in Kieren's sub-constructs (Kieren, 1980,1988), and Hansen's progressions (Hansen, 2005). The study covers three lessons within a six week unit. Findings from this…

Descriptors: Fractions, Mathematical Concepts, Mathematics Achievement, Teaching Methods

Sullivan, Peter; Holmes, Marilyn; Ingram, Naomi; Linsell, Chris; Livy, Sharyn; McCormack, Melody – Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia, 2016

The following outlines the rationale and structure of a professional learning initiative that seeks to explore teachers' ways of engaging students more actively in building mathematical connections for themselves. An example of one of the suggested experiences is presented.

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Educational Innovation, Foreign Countries, Sequential Learning