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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
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Sawatzki, Carly; Sullivan, Peter – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2018
This article reports the findings of classroom research exploring the potential of posing challenging mathematical problems situated in real-world financial contexts to activate mathematical knowledge, skills and reasoning. The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) 2012…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Problem Solving, Relevance (Education), Mathematics Skills
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Brown, Jill Patricia; Stillman, Gloria Ann – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2017
A study conducted with 25 Year 6 primary school students investigated the potential for a short classroom intervention to begin the development of a "Modelling" conception of mathematics on the way to developing a sense of mathematics as a way of thinking about life. The study documents the developmental roots of the cognitive activity,…
Descriptors: Mathematical Models, Foreign Countries, Mathematical Concepts, Mathematics
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
Marshman, Margaret – Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia, 2015
Middle Years students often do not see mathematics as useful. Authentic and real mathematics tasks and artefacts are frequently advocated as arresting this situation. However, often such experiences are contrived and lack authenticity. This paper reports on how a group of Middle Years students used mathematics and technology to engage in a real…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Adolescents, Case Studies, Journal Writing
Sawatzki, Carly – Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia, 2013
Everyday financial dilemmas require us to draw on social, interdisciplinary, and mathematical understandings simultaneously and in synergy if we are to make informed financial decisions. Financial literacy is enjoying an elevated status across the "Australian Curriculum." This paper reviews some of the literature on financial literacy,…
Descriptors: Grade 5, Research Projects, Mathematical Concepts, Foreign Countries
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Main, Susan; O'Rourke, John – Australian Journal of Teacher Education, 2011
This paper reports on a pilot study that compared the use of commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) handheld game consoles (HGCs) with traditional teaching methods to develop the automaticity of mathematical calculations and self-concept towards mathematics for year 4 students in two metropolitan schools. One class conducted daily sessions using the HGCs…
Descriptors: Teacher Effectiveness, Values Education, Teaching Methods, Games
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Bragg, Leicha – Mathematics Education Research Journal, 2007
Mathematics games are widely employed in school classrooms for such reasons as a reward for early finishers or to enhance students' attitude towards mathematics. During a four week period, a total of 222 Grade 5 and 6 (9 to 12 years old) children from Melbourne, Australia, were taught multiplication and division of decimal numbers using calculator…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Grade 5, Student Attitudes, Negative Attitudes
Parish, Linda – Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia, 2010
If the ability to reason proportionally seems to be a good indication of likely success in further mathematical pursuits (Lamon, 1999), how do children develop this ability, and how can teachers facilitate this? In this present study, six ratio/rates task-based assessment questions were trialled on ten students from Grades 5 to 9 in an attempt to…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Numbers, Foreign Countries, Mathematical Concepts
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Sawatzki, Carly; Goos, Merrilyn – Mathematics Education Research Journal, 2018
This article examines some of the complexities associated with developing financially literate, enterprising young Australians through school education. We aimed to explore what seems to influence students in pricing goods for sale within their school community. Data were collected from more than 300 years 5 and 6 students (10-12 years of age) in…
Descriptors: Costs, Foreign Countries, Decision Making, Fund Raising
Sampson, Demetrios G., Ed.; Spector, J. Michael, Ed.; Ifenthaler, Dirk, Ed.; Isaias, Pedro, Ed. – International Association for Development of the Information Society, 2014
These proceedings contain the papers of the 11th International Conference on Cognition and Exploratory Learning in the Digital Age (CELDA 2014), October 25-27, 2014, which has been organized by the International Association for Development of the Information Society (IADIS) and endorsed by the Japanese Society for Information and Systems in…
Descriptors: Conference Papers, Teaching Methods, Technological Literacy, Technology Uses in Education
Parvanehnezhad, Zahra; Clarkson, Philip – Mathematics Education Research Journal, 2008
Teachers are often unaware that bilingual students often switch between their languages when doing mathematics. Little research has been undertaken into this phenomenon. Results are reported here from a study of language switching by sixteen Year 4/5 Iranian bilingual students as they solved mathematical problems in an interview situation. Reasons…
Descriptors: Immigrants, Grade 4, Grade 5, Foreign Countries
Baturo, Annette R – International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education, 2004
This paper provides a glimpse into the positive effect on student learning as a result of empowering a classroom teacher of 20 years (Andrea) with subject matter knowledge relevant to developing fraction understanding. Having a facility with fractions is essential for life skills in any society, whether metricated or non-metricated, and yet…
Descriptors: Mathematics, Foreign Countries, Preservice Teacher Education, Preservice Teachers
Brown, Raymond; Hirst, Elizabeth – Journal of Classroom Interaction, 2007
Classroom talk is regarded as essential in engaging and developing student understandings in the domain of mathematics. The processes of classroom talk may occur in quite different ways, ways that shape particular opportunities for learning mathematics. Little is known about how the talk produced in innovative approaches to education mediates the…
Descriptors: Classroom Communication, Mathematics Instruction, Teaching Methods, Discussion (Teaching Technique)
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Lowrie, Tom; Diezmann, Carmel M. – Journal of Educational Research, 2007
The authors investigated the performance of 172 Grade 4 students (9 to 10 years) over 12 months on a 36-item test that comprised items from 6 distinct graphical languages (e.g., maps) commonly used to convey mathematical information. Results revealed (a) difficulties in Grade 4 students' capacity to decode a variety of graphics, (b) significant…
Descriptors: Grade 4, Grade 5, Spatial Ability, Gender Differences
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