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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

Huber, Daniel; Jones, Leslie; Helminski, Christine – Australian Mathematics Teacher, 2015

The use of collaborative problem solving within mathematics education is imperative in this day and age of integrative science. The formation of interdisciplinary teams of mathematicians and scientists to investigate crucial problems is on the rise, as greater insight can be gained from an interdisciplinary perspective. Mathematical modelling, in…

Descriptors: Problem Solving, Mathematics, Mathematics Education, Mathematical Models

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

Nagy, Robin – Australian Mathematics Teacher, 2013

It is essential to retain a focus on building students' mathematical reasoning and comprehension rather than merely developing superficial understanding through procedural learning. All too often this approach "takes a back seat" because of examination and assessment pressure, where the importance of "How?" supersedes that of…

Descriptors: Mathematics, Professional Personnel, Mathematics Teachers, Secondary School Mathematics

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

Loong, Esther Yook-Kin – Australian Mathematics Teacher, 2011

This case study describes an "out of field" teacher's use of the Internet to teach a range of mathematical topics in a modified Year 8 mathematics class. It highlights the importance of three factors for implementing a discernible web-based teaching strategy: appropriate choice of web objects, effective "virtual" pedagogy, and technical support…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Teaching Methods, Internet, Technology Uses in Education

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

Shield, Mal – Australian Mathematics Teacher, 2008

In this article, the author focuses on possible ways to develop the concepts of joint variation and function through the upper primary and lower secondary years of education. The examples demonstrate the building of a range of important mathematical ideas by modelling life-related situations using students' informal and intuitive knowledge. Over…

Descriptors: Graphing Calculators, Equations (Mathematics), Mathematics Instruction, Elementary School Mathematics

Afamasaga-Fuata'i, Karoline – Australian Mathematics Teacher, 2008

With the current focus in mathematics education on the importance of developing students' conceptual understanding, fluency with the language of mathematics, critical thinking, and working mathematically, teachers are constantly expected to design challenging and investigative tasks that can engage and motivate students in their learning of…

Descriptors: Concept Mapping, Problem Solving, Foreign Countries, Critical Thinking

Linsell, Chris; Cavanagh, Michael; Tahir, Salma – Australian Mathematics Teacher, 2013

Developing a conceptual understanding of elementary algebra has been the focus of a number of recent articles in this journal. Baroudi (2006) advocated problem solving to assist students' transition from arithmetic to algebra, and Shield (2008) described the use of meaningful contexts for developing the concept of function. Samson (2011, 2012)…

Descriptors: Algebra, Teaching Methods, Mathematics Instruction, Foreign Countries

Inglis, Michaela; Caldwell, Will – Australian Mathematics Teacher, 2007

For mathematics teachers who are continually looking for ways in which to engage their students in the learning process, the capabilities offered by technology answer the call. Whether the technology comprises computer based applications or graphics calculators, often boring aspects can be bypassed so that students can work on the "good…

Descriptors: Adolescents, Teaching Methods, Mathematics Teachers, Mathematical Concepts

Kotsopoulos, Donna – Australian Mathematics Teacher, 2007

The author's secondary school mathematics students have often reported to her that quadratic relations are one of the most conceptually challenging aspects of the high school curriculum. From her own classroom experiences there seemed to be several aspects to the students' challenges. Many students, even in their early secondary education, have…

Descriptors: Semantics, Secondary School Mathematics, Memory, Multiplication

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Wardrop, Heather – Australian Mathematics Teacher, 1993

Describes an action research project using Language for Understanding across the Curriculum to help year-seven students in a mathematics problem-solving unit. Strategies included unpacking the question, modeling the writing process, learning journals, glossaries, classroom charts, and the Newman Questioning Technique. Ability to explain…

Descriptors: Action Research, Content Area Writing, Grade 7, Language Impairments

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Boulton-Lewis, Gillian M. – Australian Mathematics Teacher, 1989

Summarized is the research focused on the relationship between children's increasing capacity to process information and the levels at which they should be capable of recognizing mathematical concepts. Implications for mathematics curricula and teachers are discussed. Lists three references. (YP)

Descriptors: Children, Cognitive Ability, Cognitive Measurement, Cognitive Processes

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