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Dharmadasa, Kumudini; Nakos, Anna; Bament, John; Edwards, Andy; Reeves, Howard – Australian Mathematics Teacher, 2014
In this article, the contributing authors of the journal "Australian Mathematics Teacher" provide strategies and suggest access to resources for teachers to nurture mathematical talent in their classrooms and schools. There are suggestions for school districts and jurisdictions to engage teachers in professional learning to increase…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Mathematics Teachers, School Districts, Faculty Development
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Adoniou, Misty; Qing, Yi – Australian Mathematics Teacher, 2014
There is a correlation between language proficiency and achievement in mathematics (Riordain & O'Donoghue, 2009), and this is particularly evident for children who speak English as an additional language or dialect. More effort needs to be made in mathematics classrooms to develop cognitive competencies, including the ability to decode and…
Descriptors: English Language Learners, Mathematics Achievement, Mathematics Instruction, Language Proficiency
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Hilton, Annette; Hilton, Geoff – Teaching Science, 2016
In many scientific contexts, students need to be able to use mathematical knowledge in order to engage in scientific reasoning and problem-solving, and their understanding of scientific concepts relies heavily on their ability to understand and use mathematics in often new or unfamiliar contexts. Not only do science students need high levels of…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Mathematics Skills, Mathematical Concepts, Problem Solving
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Ferme, Elizabeth – Australian Mathematics Teacher, 2014
Education professionals, regardless of their specialist area, are broadly aware of the importance of numeracy. Internationally, definitions of numeracy (known elsewhere as mathematical literacy or quantitative reasoning), describe "an individual's capacity to formulate, employ and interpret mathematics in a variety of contexts... reasoning…
Descriptors: Numeracy, Teaching Experience, Teacher Competencies, Teaching Skills
Northcote, Maria – Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, 2015
Use of technology in the mathematics classroom has the potential to advance children's learning of mathematics and enhance their attitudes about mathematics. When used in conjunction with purposeful planning, teachers can use technological tools to reinforce their pedagogical intentions and to facilitate relevant learning activities for students.…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Elementary School Mathematics, Technology Uses in Education, Educational Technology
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Goos, Merrilyn; Bennison, Anne – Mathematics Education Research Journal, 2008
For many years, education researchers excited by the potential for digital technologies to transform mathematics teaching and learning have predicted that these technologies would become rapidly integrated into every level of education. However, recent international research shows that technology still plays a marginal role in mathematics…
Descriptors: Secondary School Mathematics, Mathematics Instruction, Mathematics Teachers, Faculty Development
Williams, Doug – Mathematics Teaching, 2010
For more than one hundred years teachers have paddled beside the great ocean of mathematical adventure. Between them they have taught millions of young people. A few have dived in and kept swimming, some have lingered on the shore playing in pools, but most have dipped their toes in and run like heck in the other direction never to return. There…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Figurative Language, Teaching Methods, Creative Teaching
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Tillema, Erik; Gatza, Andrew; Ulrich, Catherine – Australian Mathematics Teacher, 2017
The number and algebra strand of the "Australian Curriculum: Mathematics" (2015) advocates for holding together the study of number and algebra across years K-8--a position that mathematics educators have endorsed in many countries. This recommendation along with the report "Shape of the Australian Curriculum: Mathematics"…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Mathematics Education, Mathematics Curriculum, National Curriculum
Percy, Andrew; Carr, Alistair – Australian Mathematics Teacher, 2010
The one theorem just about every student remembers from school is the theorem about the side lengths of a right angled triangle which Euclid attributed to Pythagoras when writing Proposition 47 of "The Elements". Usually first met in middle school, the student will be continually exposed throughout their mathematical education to the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Geometric Concepts, Geometry, Mathematics Education
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Holmes, Kathryn – Australasian Journal of Educational Technology, 2009
Teaching is a complex endeavour that requires teachers to meld knowledge about the nature of learners, pedagogical strategies and discipline content. In recent years an increasing variety of educational technologies are finding their way into the school classroom, including the widespread acceptance of interactive whiteboards (IWBs). The emerging…
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Mathematics Teachers, Pedagogical Content Knowledge, Mathematics Instruction
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Whitehead, Kay – Asia-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education, 2007
This paper focuses on a cohort of B.Ed. students' understandings about social difference and social justice as recorded in their professional journals in the first semester of third year. It shows that their reasons for choosing teaching as a career, reflections on their school experiences and discussions about future students are grounded in the…
Descriptors: Teacher Educators, Social Differences, Social Influences, Undergraduate Students
Roberts, Tim – Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, 2007
It is not often that one can introduce primary school students to a problem at the forefront of mathematics research, and have any expectation of understanding; but with magic squares, one can do exactly that. Magic squares are an ideal tool for the effective illustration of many mathematical concepts. This paper assumes little prior knowledge on…
Descriptors: Mathematical Concepts, Primary Education, Mathematics Education, Arithmetic
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Wilhelm, Jennifer Anne; Smith, Walter S.; Walters, Kendra L.; Sherrod, Sonya E.; Mulholland, Judith – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2008
Pre-service teachers from Texas and Indiana in the United States and from Queensland, Australia, observed the Moon for a semester and compared and contrasted their findings in asynchronous Internet discussion groups. The 188 pre-service teachers were required to conduct inquiry investigations for their methods coursework which included an initial…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Preservice Teachers, Discussion Groups, Internet
Whitty, Geoff, Ed.; Furlong, John, Ed. – Symposium Books, 2017
In the English-speaking world, university Schools of Education are usually heavily involved in the professional preparation of teachers. Yet, in England and the USA in particular, the role of universities in teacher education has increasingly seemed under threat as alternative providers of training have come on the scene, often with the overt…
Descriptors: Universities, Schools of Education, Preservice Teacher Education, Role of Education
Hurst, Chris – Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, 2007
The plethora of data that confronts teachers on a daily basis requires that they know more than simply being able to calculate. It demands that they understand the context in which the mathematical ideas are embedded and what those ideas are telling them in relation to that context. Also, it necessitates that they are prepared to question how…
Descriptors: Mathematics Education, Mathematics Instruction, Knowledge Base for Teaching, Foreign Countries
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