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Jupri, Al; Drijvers, Paul; van den Heuvel-Panhuizen, Marja – Mathematics Education Research Journal, 2014

Within mathematics curricula, algebra has been widely recognized as one of the most difficult topics, which leads to learning difficulties worldwide. In Indonesia, algebra performance is an important issue. In the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) 2007, Indonesian students' achievement in the algebra domain was…

Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Algebra, Literature Reviews, Mathematics Tests

Wijaya, Ariyadi; van den Heuvel-Panhuizen, Marja; Doorman, Michiel – Mathematics Education Research Journal, 2015

In this study, we investigated teachers' teaching practices and their underlying beliefs regarding context-based tasks to find a possible explanation for students' difficulties with these tasks. The research started by surveying 27 Junior High School teachers from seven schools in Indonesia through a written questionnaire. Then, to further examine…

Descriptors: Teaching Styles, Teaching Methods, Beliefs, Educational Practices

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

Mulligan, Joanne; Woolcott, Geoffrey; Mitchelmore, Michael; Davis, Brent – Mathematics Education Research Journal, 2018

Spatial reasoning, an emerging transdisciplinary area of interest to mathematics education research, is proving integral to all human learning. It is particularly critical to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields. This project will create an innovative knowledge framework based on spatial reasoning that identifies new…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Spatial Ability, Mathematical Logic, Mathematics Skills

Bragg, Leicha A.; Herbert, Sandra; Loong, Esther Yoon-Kin; Vale, Colleen; Widjaja, Wanty – Mathematics Education Research Journal, 2016

Mathematical reasoning is now featured in the mathematics curriculum documents of many nations, but this necessitates changes to teaching practice and hence a need for professional learning. The development of children's mathematical reasoning requires appropriate encouragement and feedback from their teacher who can only do this if they recognise…

Descriptors: Mathematical Aptitude, Mathematical Logic, Elementary School Teachers, Mathematics Curriculum

Parra, Aldo; Trinick, Tony – Mathematics Education Research Journal, 2018

An investigation into an aspect of indigenous education provides the opportunity to forefront an epistemological discussion about mathematical knowledge. This paper analyses indigenous peoples' educational experiences in Colombia and Aotearoa/New Zealand of mathematics education, focusing on, among other things, sociolinguistic issues such as…

Descriptors: Indigenous Populations, Indigenous Knowledge, Mathematics Education, Sociolinguistics

Yoon, Caroline; Chin, Sze Looi; Moala, John Griffith; Choy, Ban Heng – Mathematics Education Research Journal, 2018

Our project seeks to draw attention to the rich mathematical thinking that is generated when students work on contextual mathematising tasks. We use a design-based research approach to create ways of reporting that raise the visibility of this rich mathematical thinking while retaining and respecting its complexity. These reports will be aimed for…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Context Effect, Thinking Skills, Teaching Methods

Fisher, Molly H.; Thomas, Jonathan; Schack, Edna O.; Jong, Cindy; Tassell, Janet – Mathematics Education Research Journal, 2018

This study examined the impact of an intervention, focused on professional noticing of children's conceptual development in whole number and arithmetic reasoning, on preservice elementary teachers' (PSETs') professional noticing skills, attitudes toward mathematics, and mathematical knowledge for teaching mathematics. A video-based professional…

Descriptors: Numeracy, Preservice Teachers, Intervention, Children

Kyriakides, Andreas O.; Meletiou-Mavrotheris, Maria; Prodromou, Theodosia – Mathematics Education Research Journal, 2016

This article reports on the main experiences gained from a 2-year study which incorporated A.L.E.X., an educational puzzle game available on iPad or Android tablet devices, within the primary school mathematics curriculum. The study took place in a public primary school, located in a rural area of Cyprus. The majority of its students come from low…

Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Mathematics, Mathematics Instruction, Mathematics Education

Wright, Vince – Mathematics Education Research Journal, 2014

Pirie and Kieren (1989 "For the learning of mathematics", 9(3)7-11, 1992 "Journal of Mathematical Behavior", 11, 243-257, 1994a "Educational Studies in Mathematics", 26, 61-86, 1994b "For the Learning of Mathematics":, 14(1)39-43) created a model (P-K) that describes a dynamic and recursive process by which…

Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Mathematics Instruction, Numeracy, Comprehension

Makar, Katie; Fielding-Wells, Jill – Mathematics Education Research Journal, 2018

The 3-year study described in this paper aims to create new knowledge about inquiry norms in primary mathematics classrooms. Mathematical inquiry addresses complex problems that contain ambiguities, yet classroom environments often do not adopt norms that promote curiosity, risk-taking and negotiation needed to productively engage with complex…

Descriptors: Longitudinal Studies, Inquiry, Elementary School Mathematics, Mathematics Instruction

Lowrie, Tom; Jorgensen, Robyn – Mathematics Education Research Journal, 2018

Since the early 70s, there has been recognition that there are specific differences in achievement based on variables, such as gender and socio-economic background, in terms of mathematics performance. However, these differences are not unilateral but rather quite specific and relate strongly to spatial reasoning. This early work has paved the way…

Descriptors: Mathematics Achievement, Spatial Ability, Mathematics Instruction, Mathematics Skills

Guberman, Raisa; Gorev, Dvora – Mathematics Education Research Journal, 2015

The main objective of this study is to identify components of teachers' mathematical knowledge for teaching, associated with the knowledge of mathematical horizon (KMH) in order to describe this type of knowledge from the viewpoint of elementary school mathematics teachers. The research population of this study consisted of 118 elementary school…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Mathematics Teachers, Pedagogical Content Knowledge, Knowledge Base for Teaching

Smith, Kim; Hodson, Elaine; Brown, Tony – Mathematics Education Research Journal, 2013

School mathematics is a function of its discursive environment where the language being used formats mathematical activity. The paper explores this theme through an extended example in which the conduct of mathematical teaching and learning is restricted by regulative educational policies. It considers how mathematics is discursively produced by…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Educational Policy, Student Teachers, Teacher Education Programs

Cable, John – Mathematics Education Research Journal, 2015

This article provides a critical evaluation of a technique of analysis, the "Social Activity Method," recently offered by Dowling (2013) as a "gift" to mathematics education. The method is found to be inadequate, firstly, because it employs a dichotomy (between "expression" and "content") instead of a finer…

Descriptors: Mathematics, Mathematics Education, Evaluation Methods, Criticism