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Enoma, Agbon; Malone, John – Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia, 2015
The relationship between the self-efficacy of 23 High School students with intellectual disability (ID) and their achievements in Mathematics was evaluated using a modified version of the self-efficacy instrument developed by Joet, Bressoux and Usher (2011). Four different number sense assessment tools were administered pre- and post-six months of…
Descriptors: Self Efficacy, High School Students, Intellectual Disability, Mathematics Achievement
Brown, Leni; O'Keeffe, Lisa – Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia, 2016
Numeracy Skills testing was brought to the forefront following the Action Now: Classroom Ready Teachers report in 2015. The announcement was met with much concern by many pre-service teachers (PSTs). Given the body of research associated with mathematics anxiety and assessment, which suggests that students' self-efficacy and confidence in their…
Descriptors: Numeracy, Mathematics Skills, Mathematics Tests, Success
Spencer, Peta – Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia, 2013
The concept of mobile technologies is now an emergency theme in educational research, yet the playing of these edutainment applications and their impact on early childhood learning needs to be fully explored. This study highlights current research and explores how iPads improve student learning. It also examines how the introduction of iPads,…
Descriptors: Telecommunications, Handheld Devices, Mathematics Instruction, Numeracy
Goos, Merrilyn, Ed.; Brown, Ray, Ed.; Makar, Katie, Ed. – Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia, 2008
This document presents the proceedings of the 31st Annual Conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia (MERGA). The theme of this conference is "Navigating Currents and Charting Directions." The theme reminds us that, although we are constantly pushed to account for the quality and impact of our research, we…
Descriptors: Feedback (Response), Constructivism (Learning), Educational Development, Practicums
Cooke, Audrey – Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia, 2014
It is essential that pre-service teacher educators address pre-service teacher numeracy but with careful consideration as it incorporates more than mathematics skills. Numeracy also involves disposition towards mathematics--attitudes, confidence and mathematics anxiety; that is, the level of willingness to use mathematics skills. As part of an…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Preservice Teacher Education, Numeracy, Knowledge Level
Perry, Bob; Hampshire, Ann; Gervaxoni, Ann; O'Neill, Will – Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia, 2016
"Let's Count" is a preschool mathematics intervention implemented by The Smith Family from 2012 to the present in "disdvantaged" communities across Australia. It is based on current mathematics and early childhood education research and aligns with the Early Years Learning Framework. Let's Count has been shown to be effective…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Preschool Curriculum, Intervention, Disadvantaged Environment
Ingram, Naomi; Linsell, Chris – Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia, 2014
In this paper, three elements of primary pre-service teachers' relationships with mathematics are explored: mathematical achievement, feelings about the subject, and confidence to teach mathematics. At the beginning of their programme, under half of the pre-service teachers did not meet the numeracy requirements and took part in a support…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Preservice Teachers, Mathematics Achievement, Knowledge Base for Teaching
Perkins, Timothy – Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia, 2015
Increasing numbers of primary pre-service teachers (PSTs) enrolled in Education degrees in Australia enter university with insufficient mathematical content knowledge (Livy & Vale, 2011) and low confidence levels about their ability to teach and do the mathematics required for their intended role as classroom teachers (Wilson, 2009). Mentoring…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Preservice Teachers, Stress Management, Mathematics Anxiety
Perkins, Timothy – Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia, 2016
This paper presents initial data from a study being undertaken into the potential effects of a mentoring program for teacher education students who have self-identified as suffering from mathematics anxiety. The first phase of the study saw 8 primary teacher education students opt into a program matching them in pairs with 4 mentor teachers who…
Descriptors: Mathematics Anxiety, Mentors, Preservice Teachers, Preservice Teacher Education
Hurst, Chris; Sparrow, Len – Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia, 2012
The Swan Valley Cluster of schools for the Make It Count project identified the professional learning of teachers and teaching assistants as a key factor in improving numeracy outcomes for urban Indigenous children. Initial training for assistants began in late 2010 and took the form of workshops based on a modified First Steps in Mathematics…
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Indigenous Knowledge, Faculty Development, Teacher Workshops
Dimarakis, Nicole; Way, Jenni; Bobis, Janette; Anderson, Judy – Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia, 2014
Self-belief can directly predict students' academic motivation and achievement. Research indicates that mathematical self-belief often decreases during the middle years of schooling. This study explored the mathematical self-belief development of 15 Year 7 students. Data were gathered from a survey, a mathematics achievement test and interviews.…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Mathematics, Mathematics Instruction, Self Efficacy
Kidman, Gillian; Cooper, Tom; Nutchey, David – Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia, 2012
This study explores the effects of a vocational education-based program on academic motivation and engagement of primary school aged children. The Get Into Vocational Education (GIVE) program integrated "construction" and the mathematics, English and science lessons of a Year 4 primary classroom. This paper focuses on investigating the…
Descriptors: Vocational Education, Student Motivation, Low Achievement, Elementary School Students
Forgasz, Helen; Leder, Gilah – Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia, 2016
Australian teachers, recruited via Facebook, completed an online survey about aspects of numeracy. The survey was designed to explore views on numeracy and capacity to respond to numeracy tasks. In this paper, we focus primarily on responses to two numeracy tasks--one numerical, the other requiring critical evaluation. On the first item, 40%…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Numeracy, Online Surveys, Teacher Surveys
Forgasz, Helen; Hall, Jennifer – Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia, 2016
In 2015, a new MTeach coursework unit, "Numeracy for Learners and Teachers," was introduced at Monash University. The impetuses for this unit were the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership numeracy standards for graduate teachers, and the inclusion of numeracy as a general capability in the Australian Curriculum. In…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Preservice Teachers, Preservice Teacher Education, Numeracy
Maher, Nicole; Muir, Tracey – Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia, 2014
This paper reports on one aspect of a wider study that investigated a selection of final year pre-service primary teachers' responses to four probability tasks. The tasks focused on foundational ideas of probability including sample space, independence, variation and expectation. Responses suggested that strongly held intuitions appeared to…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, College Seniors, Probability, Mathematics Skills