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Portaankorva-Koivisto, Päivi Maria; Laine, Anu Tuulikki; Ahtee, Maija – International Electronic Journal of Mathematics Education, 2021
The use of open problem-solving tasks in mathematics education challenges teachers' beliefs, knowledge and practices. This article examines the practices of two primary teachers and their 3rd to 5th grade classes during a three-year in-service teacher training project aiming to increase mathematical problem-solving in class. Three lesson videos…
Descriptors: Mathematics Education, Inservice Teacher Education, Elementary School Teachers, Problem Solving
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Dröse, Jennifer; Prediger, Susanne; Neugebauer, Philipp; Delucchi Danhier, Renate; Mertins, Barbara – International Electronic Journal of Mathematics Education, 2021
Syntactic language features of word problems have often been identified by assessment studies and interview studies as potential obstacles in word problem solving. However, students' processes of noticing and interpreting these features have only rarely been investigated in depth because noticing is hard to investigate. Eye-tracking methodology…
Descriptors: Attention, Problem Solving, Word Problems (Mathematics), Syntax
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Nisawa, Yoshiki – International Electronic Journal of Mathematics Education, 2021
According to the Programme for International Student Assessment, functions constitute an important part of mathematical literacy. In Japan, students start learning about bivariate relationships in the fourth grade (at the age of 9). However, reports suggest that elementary school students and lower-level secondary school (junior high) students…
Descriptors: Concept Formation, Mathematical Concepts, Grade 4, Grade 5
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Murphy, Carol; Calder, Nigel; Mansour, Nasser; Abu-Tineh, Abdullah – International Electronic Journal of Mathematics Education, 2020
There is a need to investigate didactic strategies that can enhance engagement in science and mathematics education. This paper reports on the introduction of WebQuests, as part of collaborative inquiry, to enhance students' engagement in their mathematics lessons in Qatar. We present interview data gathered from eight student focus groups (grades…
Descriptors: Inquiry, Web Based Instruction, Mathematics Instruction, Grade 5
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Natalija, Budinski; Lavicza, Zsolt; Fenyvesi, Kristof; Milinkovic, Dragica – International Electronic Journal of Mathematics Education, 2020
In this paper, we present opportunities with the uses of origami and technology, in our case GeoGebra, in teaching formal geometric definitions for fifth-grade primary school students (11-12yrs). Applying origami in mathematical lessons is becoming to be recognized as a valuable tool for improving students' mathematical knowledge. In previous…
Descriptors: Grade 5, Elementary School Students, Elementary School Mathematics, Geometry
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Stohlmann, Micah; Yang, Yichen; Huang, Xing; Olson, Travis – International Electronic Journal of Mathematics Education, 2020
Teaching fraction operations for conceptual understanding is a challenging task. For the topic of fraction division especially, teachers need support because teachers find this difficult to teach and elementary and middle school students struggle to learn this concept. Well-structured professional development can assist teachers in exploring their…
Descriptors: Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Concept Formation
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Vargas, Francisco; Benincasa, Tommaso; Cian, Giuseppe; Martignon, Laura – International Electronic Journal of Mathematics Education, 2019
The article reports an empirical study on the introduction of elementary probabilistic concepts in school, focusing on tasks related to the psychological tradition of heuristics and biases. The concepts involved were studied using an extensional natural frequencies approach. We describe the school intervention conducted in an interaction across…
Descriptors: Probability, Interaction, Mathematics Instruction, Intervention
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Stelzer, Florencia; Andrés, María Laura; Canet-Juric, Lorena; Urquijo, Sebastián; Richards, María Marta – International Electronic Journal of Mathematics Education, 2019
The present study analyzed the relationship between domain-general abilities and fraction knowledge in fifth grade, and investigated the mediating role of division competence in that relationship. Children (n = 175) were assessed in fourth grade on domain-general abilities (selective attention, working memory, fluid intelligence) and on division…
Descriptors: Division, Fractions, Mathematics Instruction, Foreign Countries
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Somasundram, Piriya; Akmar, Sharifah Norul; Eu, Leong Kwan – International Electronic Journal of Mathematics Education, 2019
Pattern generalisation is one of the most important elements in developing functional thinking in elementary school which leads to build foundation to work with algebra in later years of education. Therefore, this study took an initiative to study the performance of year five pupils in pattern generalisation and its correlation with mathematics…
Descriptors: Mathematics Achievement, Elementary School Students, Grade 5, Generalization