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MacDonald, Amy; Carmichael, Colin – Mathematics Education Research Journal, 2018
International research suggests that early mathematical competence predicts later mathematical achievement. In this article, we explore the relationship between mathematical competencies at 4-5 years, as measured by teacher ratings, and later results on Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 "National Assessment Program -- Literacy and Numeracy" (NAPLAN)…
Descriptors: Numeracy, Mathematics Instruction, Longitudinal Studies, Foreign Countries
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Vale, Colleen; Widjaja, Wanty; Herbert, Sandra; Bragg, Leicha A.; Loong, Esther Yoon-Kin – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2017
Explaining appears to dominate primary teachers' understanding of mathematical reasoning when it is not confused with problem solving. Drawing on previous literature of mathematical reasoning, we generate a view of the critical aspects of reasoning that may assist primary teachers when designing and enacting tasks to elicit and develop…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Elementary School Students, Grade 3, Grade 4
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
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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
Lomas, Laurinda – Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia, 2018
This paper proposes structural modification of the Clarke and Hollingsworth (2002) Interconnected Model of Teacher Professional Growth (IMTPG) based on results from doctoral research that studied the changes in mathematical knowledge and beliefs of two Year 5/6 teachers as they implemented a four-week, innovative curriculum unit. These inclusions…
Descriptors: Faculty Development, Grade 4, Grade 5, Elementary School Mathematics
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Arikan, Serkan; van de Vijver, Fons J. R.; Yagmur, Kutlay – EURASIA Journal of Mathematics, Science & Technology Education, 2016
Large-scale studies, such as the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS), provide data to understand cross-national differences and similarities. In this study, we aimed to identify factors predicting mathematics achievement of Turkish students by comparing to Australian students. First, construct equivalence and item bias…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Comparative Education, Mathematics Achievement, Performance Factors
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Hudson, Peter; English, Lyn; Dawes, Les; King, Donna; Baker, Steve – Australian Journal of Teacher Education, 2015
Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education is an emerging initiative in Australia, particularly in primary schools. This qualitative research aimed to understand Year 4 students' involvement in an integrated STEM education unit that focused on science concepts (e.g., states of matter, testing properties of materials) and…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, STEM Education, Elementary School Students, Grade 4
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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
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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King, Donna; English, Lyn D. – International Journal of Science Education, 2016
Internationally there is a need for research that focuses on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education to equip students with the skills needed for a rapidly changing future. One way to do this is through designing engineering activities that reflect real-world problems and contextualise students' learning of STEM concepts.…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Elementary School Students, Qualitative Research, Foreign Countries
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Phan, Huy P. – Journal of Educational Research, 2012
Empirical research has provided evidence supporting the validation and prediction of 4 major sources of self-efficacy: enactive performance accomplishments, vicarious experiences, verbal persuasion, and emotional states. Other research studies have also attested to the importance and potency of self-efficacy in academic learning and achievement.…
Descriptors: Evidence, Elementary School Students, Mathematics Education, Self Efficacy
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Bobis, Janette – Mathematics Teacher Education and Development, 2011
With deliberate system-level reform now being acted upon around the world, both successful and unsuccessful cases provide a rich source of knowledge from which we can learn to improve large-scale reform. Research surrounding the effectiveness of a theory-based system-wide numeracy reform operating in primary schools across Australia is examined to…
Descriptors: Evidence, Numeracy, Measures (Individuals), Program Implementation
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