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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

Xenofontos, Constantinos; Andrews, Paul – Mathematics Education Research Journal, 2014

This paper presents a comparative analysis of prospective elementary teachers' mathematical problem solving-related beliefs in Cyprus and England. Twenty-four participants, twelve from a well-regarded university in each country, were interviewed qualitatively at the exit point of their undergraduate teacher education studies. Analyses revealed…

Descriptors: Problem Solving, Mathematical Applications, Beliefs, Preservice Teachers

Bragg, Leicha A. – Mathematics Education Research Journal, 2012

A challenge for primary classroom teachers is to maintain students' engagement with learning tasks while catering for their diverse needs, capabilities and interests. Multiple pedagogical approaches are employed to promote on-task behaviours in the mathematics classroom. There is a general assumption by educators that games ignite children's…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Grade 5, Educational Games, Elementary School Mathematics

Eli, Jennifer A.; Mohr-Schroeder, Margaret J.; Lee, Carl W. – Mathematics Education Research Journal, 2011

Prospective teachers are expected to construct, emphasise, integrate, and make use of mathematical connections; in doing so, they acquire an understanding of mathematics that is fluid, supple, and interconnected ("Evitts Dissertation Abstracts International," 65(12), 4500, 2005). Given the importance of mathematical connection making, an…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Middle School Teachers, Preservice Teachers, Comparative Analysis

Perrenet, Jacob; Adan, Ivo – Mathematics Education Research Journal, 2010

Modelling is an important subject in the Bachelor curriculum of Applied Mathematics at Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands. Students not only learn how to apply their knowledge to solve mathematical problems posed in non-mathematical language, but also they learn to look actively for, or even construct, mathematical knowledge…

Descriptors: Mathematics Education, Foreign Countries, Case Studies, College Mathematics

Miller, Jodie; Warren, Elizabeth – Mathematics Education Research Journal, 2014

Students living in disadvantaged contexts and whose second language is English (ESL) are at risk of not succeeding in school mathematics. It has been internationally recognised that students' socioeconomic background and their achievements in mathematics is more pronounced for Australian students (Thomson et al. 2011). This gap is even more…

Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Mathematics Education, English (Second Language), English Language Learners

Chan, Man Ching Esther; Clarke, David; Cao, Yiming – Mathematics Education Research Journal, 2018

Interactive problem solving and learning are priorities in contemporary education, but these complex processes have proved difficult to research. This project addresses the question "How do we optimise social interaction for the promotion of learning in a mathematics classroom?" Employing the logic of multi-theoretic research design,…

Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Problem Solving, Interaction, Mathematics Instruction

Godfrey, David; Thomas, Michael O. J. – Mathematics Education Research Journal, 2008

It has been recognised that many student perspectives on equations and their use of the equals sign have not mirrored those that mathematicians would like to see in tertiary students. This paper tracks transition of understanding of the equals sign by comparing secondary school students' thinking with that of first year university students. We…

Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Equations (Mathematics), Secondary School Students, Developmental Studies Programs

Russo, James; Hopkins, Sarah – Mathematics Education Research Journal, 2017

The current study considered young students' (7 and 8 years old) experiences and perceptions of mathematics lessons involving challenging (i.e. cognitively demanding) tasks. We used the Constant Comparative Method to analyse the interview responses (n = 73) regarding what work artefacts students were most proud of creating and why. Five themes…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Elementary School Students, Cognitive Processes, Difficulty Level

Logan, Tracy – Mathematics Education Research Journal, 2015

Mathematics assessment and testing are increasingly situated within digital environments with international tests moving to computer-based testing in the near future. This paper reports on a secondary data analysis which explored the influence the mode of assessment--computer-based (CBT) and pencil-and-paper based (PPT)--and visuospatial ability…

Descriptors: Visual Perception, Spatial Ability, Mathematics Instruction, Mathematics Tests

Loong, Esther; Doig, Brian; Groves, Susie – Mathematics Education Research Journal, 2011

Information and Communication Technology (ICT) offers the potential for changing mathematics education for both teachers and students. However, how ICT is used, and by whom, is critical to realizing this potential. This paper reports on an investigation of the use of ICT in the learning and teaching of mathematics in rural and urban primary…

Descriptors: Urban Schools, Elementary School Mathematics, Mathematics Education, Student Attitudes

Chavez, Oscar; Papick, Ira; Ross, Daniel J.; Grouws, Douglas A. – Mathematics Education Research Journal, 2011

This article describes the process of development of assessment instruments for a three-year longitudinal comparative study that focused on evaluating American high school students' mathematics learning from two distinct approaches to content organization: curriculum built around a sequence of three full-year courses (Algebra 1, Geometry, and…

Descriptors: Mathematics Curriculum, Mathematics Education, Interrater Reliability, Scoring Rubrics

Nolan, Caroline; Herbert, Sandra – Mathematics Education Research Journal, 2015

The introduction of linear functions is the turning point where many students decide if mathematics is useful or not. This means the role of parameters and variables in linear functions could be considered to be "threshold concepts". There is recognition that linear functions can be taught in context through the exploration of linear…

Descriptors: Mathematical Concepts, Mathematical Models, Mathematics Instruction, Calculators

Pierce, Robyn; Chick, Helen – Mathematics Education Research Journal, 2013

As a consequence of the increased use of data in workplace environments, there is a need to understand the demands that are placed on users to make sense of such data. In education, teachers are being increasingly expected to interpret and apply complex data about student and school performance, and, yet it is not clear that they always have the…

Descriptors: Statistical Analysis, Misconceptions, Statistics, Data

Gerber, Ans; Engelbrecht, Johann; Harding, Ansie; Rogan, John – Mathematics Education Research Journal, 2005

Understanding abstract concepts and ideas in mathematics, if instruction takes place in the first language of the student, is difficult. Yet worldwide students often have to master mathematics via a second or third language. The majority of students in South Africa--a country with eleven official languages--has to face this difficulty. In a…

Descriptors: Second Language Instruction, Mathematics Instruction, Foreign Countries, English (Second Language)

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