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Logan, Tracy; Lowrie, Tom – Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, 2013
Tracy Logan and Tom Lowrie argue that while little attention is given to visual imagery and spatial reasoning within the Australian Curriculum, a significant proportion of National Assessment Program--Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) tasks require high levels of visuospatial reasoning. This article includes teaching ideas to promote visuospatial…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Visual Perception, Spatial Ability, Elementary School Mathematics
Diezmann, Carmel M.; Lowrie, Tom; Sugars, Lindy A. – Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, 2010
Number lines are part of people's everyday life and are frequently used in primary mathematics as instructional aids, in texts, and for assessment purposes on mathematics tests. There are two types of number lines; (1) structured number lines, which are the focus of this paper; and (2) empty number lines. Structured number lines represent…
Descriptors: Knowledge Level, Elementary School Mathematics, Mathematics Instruction, Numbers
Diezmann, Carmel; Lowrie, Tom; Sugars, Lindy; Logan, Tracy – Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, 2009
The 21st century has placed increasing demand on individuals' proficiency with a wide array of visual representations, that is graphics. Hence, proficiency with visual tasks needs to be embedded across the curriculum. In mathematics, various graphics (e.g., maps, charts, number lines, graphs) are used as means of communication of mathematical…
Descriptors: Numeracy, Mathematics, Spatial Ability, Maps
Lowrie, Tom; Logan, Tracy – Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, 2007
One way of providing middle-school students with the opportunity to engage in realistic activities is to ensure that mathematical concepts and ideas can be taught and expressed in contexts closer to students' own experiences. Students are expected to learn serious, substantive mathematics in classrooms in which the emphasis is on thoughtful…
Descriptors: Spatial Ability, Mathematical Concepts, Mathematics Instruction, Problem Solving
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Lowrie, Tom – Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, 1999
Describes the range of processes used by year 3 children engaged in solving non-routine mathematics problems. Discusses how it can be told when children are thinking mathematically. (ASK)
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Elementary Education, Elementary School Mathematics, Internet