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Knapp, Andrea; Landers, Racheal; Liang, Senfeng; Jefferson, Vetrece – Educational Studies in Mathematics, 2017
The researchers in this study investigated the impact of mathematics-focused parental involvement on Kindergarten to Grade 8 children and parents as well as factors prompting that impact. Qualitative analysis consisting of parent, child, and teacher interviews and 3-year quantitative testing showed significant improvements in students' mathematics…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Parent Participation, Teaching Methods, Elementary Secondary Education
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Weiland, Travis – Educational Studies in Mathematics, 2017
In this paper, I problematize traditional notions of statistical literacy by juxtaposing it with critical literacy. At the school level statistical literacy is vitally important for students who are preparing to become citizens in modern societies that are increasingly shaped and driven by data based arguments. The teaching of statistics, which is…
Descriptors: Statistics, Critical Literacy, Mathematics Education, Elementary Secondary Education
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van Hoof, Jo; Verschaffel, Lieven; van Dooren, Wim – Educational Studies in Mathematics, 2015
The natural number bias is known to explain many difficulties learners have with understanding rational numbers. The research field distinguishes three aspects where natural number properties are sometimes inappropriately applied in rational number tasks: density, size, and operations. The overall goal of this study was to characterize the…
Descriptors: Numbers, Elementary Secondary Education, Bias, Numeracy
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Levenson, Esther – Educational Studies in Mathematics, 2013
This study describes the types of explanations one student, Sharon, gives and prefers at different ages. Sharon is interviewed in the second grade regarding multiplication of one-digit numbers, in the fifth grade regarding even and odd numbers, and in the sixth grade regarding equivalent fractions. In the tenth grade, she revisits each of these…
Descriptors: Students, Females, Age Differences, Interviews
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Olson, Jo Clay; Knott, Libby – Educational Studies in Mathematics, 2013
Not only are the problems teachers pose throughout their teaching of great importance but also the ways in which they use those problems make this a critical component of teaching. A problem-posing episode includes the problem setup, the statement of the problem, and the follow-up questions. Analysis of problem-posing episodes of precalculus…
Descriptors: Calculus, Questioning Techniques, Problem Sets, Schematic Studies
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Bautista, Alfredo; Roth, Wolff-Michael – Educational Studies in Mathematics, 2012
Much of the evidence provided in support of the argument that mathematical knowing is embodied/enacted is based on the analysis of gestures and bodily configurations, and, to a lesser extent, on certain vocal features (e.g., prosody). However, there are dimensions involved in the emergence of mathematical knowing and the production of mathematical…
Descriptors: Mathematics Education, Geometric Concepts, Grade 3, Mathematics Instruction
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Beswick, Kim – Educational Studies in Mathematics, 2012
There is broad acceptance that mathematics teachers' beliefs about the nature of mathematics influence the ways in which they teach the subject. It is also recognised that mathematics as practised in typical school classrooms is different from the mathematical activity of mathematicians. This paper presents case studies of two secondary…
Descriptors: Intellectual Disciplines, Beliefs, Relevance (Education), Secondary School Teachers
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Gal, Hagar – Educational Studies in Mathematics, 2011
"From Another Perspective" is a year-long course for teachers of mathematics that is designed to enhance teachers' awareness of the way that their students think when they are experiencing difficulties in geometry. It also aims at equipping teachers with tools needed to analyze and cope with Problematic Learning Situations in geometry (Gal &…
Descriptors: Mathematics Teachers, Geometry, Teacher Attitudes, Junior High School Students
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Bansilal, Sarah – Educational Studies in Mathematics, 2011
This article presents a description of a South African mathematics teacher's struggles to mediate a new national assessment tool called the Common Tasks for Assessment with her grade 9 learners, who are unprepared for the assessment. The purpose of the study is to describe and to identify the constraints on the teacher's mediation attempts. The…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Mathematics Teachers, Educational Assessment, Grade 9
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Pinxten, Rik; Francois, Karen – Educational Studies in Mathematics, 2011
Working with Navajo Indian informants in Arizona, USA we became aware of the capabilities of children and adults to find their way in vast and clearly "chaotic" canyons. One thing we did was describe what people actually did and said about their ways to find the way back home in such contexts. A second one was to use these data in order…
Descriptors: Navajo (Nation), Mathematics, American Indian Education, Reservation American Indians
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Pittalis, Marios; Christou, Constantinos – Educational Studies in Mathematics, 2010
The aim of this study is to describe and analyse the structure of 3D geometry thinking by identifying different types of reasoning and to examine their relation with spatial ability. To achieve this goal, two tests were administered to students in grades 5 to 9. The results of the study showed that 3D geometry thinking could be described by four…
Descriptors: Spatial Ability, Geometry, Mathematics Education, Mathematics Instruction
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Asghari, Amir H. – Educational Studies in Mathematics, 2009
The notion of equivalence relation is arguably one of the most fundamental ideas of mathematics. Accordingly, it plays an important role in teaching mathematics at all levels, whether explicitly or implicitly. Our success in introducing this notion for its own sake or as a means to teach other mathematical concepts, however, depends largely on our…
Descriptors: Mathematics Education, Mathematical Concepts, Mathematics Instruction, History
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Gueudet, Ghislaine; Trouche, Luc – Educational Studies in Mathematics, 2009
We study in this article mathematics teachers' "documentation work": looking for resources, selecting/designing mathematical tasks, planning their succession, managing available artifacts, etc. We consider that this documentation work is at the core of teachers' professional activity and professional development. We introduce a distinction between…
Descriptors: Mathematics Teachers, Professional Development, Educational Resources, Instructional Materials
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Weber, Keith; Maher, Carolyn; Powell, Arthur; Lee, Hollylynne Stohl – Educational Studies in Mathematics, 2008
In the mathematics education literature, there is currently a debate about the mechanisms by which group discussion can contribute to mathematical learning and under what conditions this learning is likely to occur. In this paper, we contribute to this debate by illustrating three learning opportunities that group discussions can create. In…
Descriptors: Mathematics Education, Group Discussion, Mathematics Instruction, Middle School Students
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Roschelle, J.; Tatar, D.; Shechtman, N.; Knudsen, J. – Educational Studies in Mathematics, 2008
One of the great strengths of Jim Kaput's research program was his relentless drive towards scaling up his innovative approach to teaching the mathematics of change and variation. The SimCalc mission, "democratizing access to the mathematics of change," was enacted by deliberate efforts to reach an increasing number of teachers and students each…
Descriptors: Mathematics Education, Teaching Methods, Evaluation Research, Research Design
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