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Marshall, Linda; Swan, Paul – Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, 2011
This article is intended to assist people who have never written for a journal, or who perhaps have never even thought about doing so. In this article, the authors provide some advice for budding Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom (APMC) authors. Information on where to start, what's already been done, what will be in the paper, who will…
Descriptors: Journal Articles, Professional Development, Writing for Publication, Authors
Marshall, Linda; Swan, Paul – Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, 2010
Recent research has confirmed that parental involvement in education is positively associated with student achievement, yet further efforts are needed to measure the effects of such programs systematically so as to inform the development of improved methods. Having parents help their children with mathematics can be problematic. Teachers may not…
Descriptors: Parent Participation, Workshops, Parent School Relationship, Mathematics Instruction
Swan, Paul; Marshall, Linda – Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, 2010
It is over 12 years since "APMC" published Bob Perry and Peter Howard's research on the use of mathematics manipulative materials in primary mathematics classrooms. Since then the availability of virtual manipulatives and associated access to computers and interactive whiteboards have caused educators to rethink the use of mathematics…
Descriptors: Middle Schools, Manipulative Materials, Foreign Countries, Mathematical Concepts
Mildenhall, Paula; Swan, Paul; Northcote, Maria; Marshall, Linda – Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, 2008
As part of the project titled "Hands-On Heads-On: The Effective Use of Manipulatives Both Virtual and Physical" being undertaken at Edith Cowan University, there was an investigation into the use of virtual manipulatives and the interactive whiteboard (IWB). Virtual manipulatives may be defined as a virtual representation of a physical…
Descriptors: Investigations, Mathematical Concepts, Manipulative Materials, Educational Technology
Marshall, Linda; Swan, Paul – Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, 2006
Statistical literacy is defined as "the ability to read and interpret data: the ability to use statistics as evidence in arguments. Statistical literacy is a competency: the ability to think critically about statistics" (Schield, p. 2). When a definition of statistical literacy is considered it can be seen that all students can manage a…
Descriptors: Young Children, Reading Ability, Statistics, Critical Thinking
Sparrow, Len; Swan, Paul – Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, 2005
The authors provide activities for overcoming some fraction misconceptions using calculators specially designed for learners in primary years. The writers advocate use of the calculator as a way to engage children in thinking about mathematics. By engaging with a calculator as part of mathematics learning, children are learning about and using the…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Teaching Methods, Calculators, Number Concepts
Swan, Paul – Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, 2004
Mathematics curriculum documents highlight the need for students to be able to choose from a repertoire of computational tools and strategies, but little direction is given as to how children choose which form of computation to use in any given situation. In this article, the author reports on the classroom implications of research designed to…
Descriptors: Mathematics Curriculum, Foreign Countries, Primary Education, Computation
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Swan, Paul; Sparrow, Len – Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, 1998
Explores the myths surrounding the use of calculators in primary school. (Author/CCM)
Descriptors: Calculators, Elementary Education, Foreign Countries, Mathematics Education