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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

Glade, Matthias; Prediger, Susanne – Educational Studies in Mathematics, 2017

According to the design principle of progressive schematization, learning trajectories towards procedural rules can be organized as independent discoveries when the learning arrangement invites the students first to develop models for mathematical concepts and model-based informal strategies; then to explore the strategies and to discover pattern…

Descriptors: Grade 6, Video Technology, Fractions, Mathematics Instruction

Markovits, Zvia; Forgasz, Helen – Educational Studies in Mathematics, 2017

The aim of this study was to explore the beliefs of elementary school students about mathematics and about themselves as mathematics learners. The participants, Israeli grade 4 and grade 6 students, completed questionnaires. Using an "animal metaphor" to tap beliefs, some students perceived mathematics as difficult and complicated, while…

Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Student Attitudes, Mathematics Education, Mathematics Instruction

Venenciano, Linda; Heck, Ronald – Educational Studies in Mathematics, 2016

Early experiences with theoretical thinking and generalization in measurement are hypothesized to develop constructs we name here as logical reasoning and preparedness for algebra. Based on work of V. V. Davydov (1975), the Measure Up (MU) elementary grades experimental mathematics curriculum uses quantities of area, length, volume, and mass to…

Descriptors: Algebra, Mathematics, Mathematics Instruction, Mathematics Curriculum

Meletiou-Mavrotheris, Maria; Paparistodemou, Efi – Educational Studies in Mathematics, 2015

The expanding use of data in modern society for prediction and decision-making makes it a priority for mathematics instruction to help students build sound foundations of inferential reasoning at a young age. This study contributes to the emerging research literature on the early development of informal inferential reasoning through the conduct of…

Descriptors: Inferences, Mathematical Logic, Elementary School Students, Comprehension

Tainio, Liisa; Laine, Anu – Educational Studies in Mathematics, 2015

Although according to the Finnish curriculum the learning environment in mathematics lessons should promote supportive interaction, Finnish pupils' attitudes toward and self-beliefs regarding mathematics deteriorate during basic education. This article investigates emotion work in teacher-student interaction in Finnish mathematics classrooms; the…

Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Mathematics Instruction, Student Attitudes, Self Efficacy

Ngware, Moses W.; Ciera, James; Musyoka, Peter K.; Oketch, Moses – Educational Studies in Mathematics, 2015

This paper examines the contribution of quality mathematics teaching to student achievement gains. Quality of mathematics teaching is assessed through teacher demonstration of the five strands of mathematical proficiency, the level of cognitive task demands, and teacher mathematical knowledge. Data is based on 1907 grade 6 students who sat for the…

Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Mathematics Instruction, Educational Quality, Mathematics Achievement

Jiang, Chunlian; Hwang, Stephen; Cai, Jinfa – Educational Studies in Mathematics, 2014

This study examined 361 Chinese and 345 Singaporean sixth-grade students' performance and problem-solving strategies for solving 14 problems about speed. By focusing on students from two distinct high-performing countries in East Asia, we provide a useful perspective on the differences that exist in the preparation and problem-solving strategies…

Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Grade 6, Problem Solving, Mathematics Instruction

van den Heuvel-Panhuizen, Marja; Kolovou, Angeliki; Robitzsch, Alexander – Educational Studies in Mathematics, 2013

In this study we investigated the role of a dynamic online game on students' early algebra problem solving. In total 253 students from grades 4, 5, and 6 (10-12 years old) used the game at home to solve a sequence of early algebra problems consisting of contextual problems addressing covarying quantities. Special software monitored the…

Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6

Bouck, Emily C.; Joshi, Gauri S.; Johnson, Linley – Educational Studies in Mathematics, 2013

This study assessed if students with and without disabilities used calculators (fourfunction, scientific, or graphing) to solve mathematics assessment problems and whether using calculators improved their performance. Participants were sixth and seventh-grade students educated with either National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded or traditional…

Descriptors: Disabilities, Mathematics Curriculum, Calculators, Mathematics Instruction

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

Mueller, Mary; Yankelewitz, Dina; Maher, Carolyn – Educational Studies in Mathematics, 2012

In this report, we offer a framework for analyzing the ways in which collaboration influences learners' building of mathematical arguments and thus promotes mathematical understanding. Building on a previous model used to analyze discursive practices of students engaged in mathematical problem solving, we introduce three types of collaboration and…

Descriptors: School Activities, Mathematics Activities, After School Programs, Cooperation

Banerjee, Rakhi; Subramaniam, K. – Educational Studies in Mathematics, 2012

The article reports aspects of the evolution of a teaching approach over repeated trials for beginning symbolic algebra. The teaching approach emphasized the structural similarity between arithmetic and algebraic expressions and aimed at supporting students in making a transition from arithmetic to beginning algebra. The study was conducted with…

Descriptors: Grade 6, Arithmetic, Algebra, Teaching Methods

Peters, Greet; De Smedt, Bert; Torbeyns, Joke; Ghesquiere, Pol; Verschaffel, Lieven – Educational Studies in Mathematics, 2012

Subtractions of the type M - S = ? can be solved by various strategies, including subtraction by addition. In this study, we investigated children's use of subtraction by addition by means of reaction time analyses. We presented 106 third to sixth graders with 32 large non-tie single-digit problems in both subtraction (12 - 9 = .) and addition…

Descriptors: Reaction Time, Grade 6, Addition, Subtraction

Pantziara, Marilena; Philippou, George – Educational Studies in Mathematics, 2012

In this paper, we examine sixth grade students' degree of conceptualization of fractions. A specially developed test aimed to measure students' understanding of fractions along the three stages proposed by Sfard ("1991") was administered to 321 sixth grade students. The Rasch model was applied to specify the reliability of the test…

Descriptors: Mathematics Education, Multivariate Analysis, Grade 6, Mathematical Concepts

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