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Lai, Mun Yee; Kinnear, Virginia; Fung, Chun Ip – International Journal for Mathematics Teaching and Learning, 2019

This is a position paper in which we argue for "Teaching for Mathematising" as a pedagogy that supports teaching mathematics for understanding in primary school. Mathematics education in Australia currently emphasises teaching for mathematical understanding, a shift that redirects children's learning from merely memorising computation…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Elementary School Mathematics, Comprehension, Knowledge Level

Toluk-Ucar, Zulbiye; Bozkus, Figen – International Journal for Mathematics Teaching and Learning, 2018

The purpose of this study was to investigate how prospective elementary school mathematics teachers and elementary school students' ability to distinguish proportional situations from nonproportional situations differ or are alike. Participants of the study were 319 prospective primary and middle school teachers and 320 elementary school students…

Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Preservice Teachers, Mathematics Instruction, Elementary Education

Shumway, Jessica F.; Jordan, Kerry E. – International Journal for Mathematics Teaching and Learning, 2018

The purpose of this study was to explore the variations in students' achievement on computational fluency assessments and variations in strategies for solving computation problems. Computational fluency was defined as a student's ability to compute flexibly, accurately, efficiently, and appropriately. Seven- and eight-year-old students completed…

Descriptors: Computation, Scores, Mathematics Instruction, Interviews

Hurst, Chris; Huntley, Ray – International Journal for Mathematics Teaching and Learning, 2018

Multiplicative thinking is a critical component of mathematics which largely determines the extent to which people develop mathematical understanding beyond middle primary years. We contend that there are several major issues, one being that much teaching about multiplicative ideas is focussed on algorithms and procedures. An associated issue is…

Descriptors: Mathematics, Multiplication, Mathematical Logic, Mathematics Instruction

Coskun, Sumeyra Dogan; Bostan, Mine Isiksal – International Journal for Mathematics Teaching and Learning, 2018

The purpose of this paper is to investigate a novice primary teacher's mathematical knowledge in teaching on area measurement. Data were collected from a novice primary teacher of fourteen students in a primary school located in Ankara, Turkey using field notes, video recordings of lessons, and audio recordings of interviews before and after her…

Descriptors: Beginning Teachers, Elementary School Teachers, Elementary School Mathematics, Mathematics Instruction

Mellone, Maria; Tortora, Roberto – International Journal for Mathematics Teaching and Learning, 2017

We present a design study developed in an Italian school. Taking inspiration from the work of the Russian psychologist V. V. Davydov, we have reformulated some activities of his curriculum for the first grade, in order to adapt them to a didactic project for a fifth grade class. In the paper we firstly expose our theoretical assumptions and the…

Descriptors: Grade 5, Algebra, Foreign Countries, Mathematics Activities

Polotskaia, Elena – International Journal for Mathematics Teaching and Learning, 2017

The main goal of this paper is to show how Vasily Davydov's powerful ideas about the nature of mathematical thinking and learning can transform the teaching and learning of additive word problem solving. The name Vasily Davydov is well known in the field of mathematics education in Russia. However, the transformative value of Davydov's theoretical…

Descriptors: Models, Mathematics Instruction, Foreign Countries, Problem Solving

Venenciano, Linda – International Journal for Mathematics Teaching and Learning, 2017

In this study we explore possible long-term effects of an adaptation of the El'konin-Davydov elementary grades curriculum, Measure Up or MU. The objectives for the study are to assess how students relate an equation of nonnumeric quantities to a length representation, and if former MU students develop and retain a perspective characteristic of…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Mathematical Concepts, Qualitative Research, Case Studies

Sinnakaudan, Santi; Kuldas, Seffetullah; Hashim, Shahabuddin; Ghazali, Munirah – International Journal for Mathematics Teaching and Learning, 2016

This review examines reasons for Malaysian pupils' underperformance in solving mathematics problems that demand numerical estimation and mental computation. Their underdeveloped number sense appears to be the major reason. According to the Ministry of Education, the national mathematics curriculum is unlikely to account for this underachievement.…

Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Mathematics Achievement, Numbers, Computation

Shumway, Jessica F.; Westenskow, Arla; Moyer-Packenham, Patricia S. – International Journal for Mathematics Teaching and Learning, 2016

The purpose of this study was to identify and describe students' use of number sense as they solved story problem tasks. Three 8- and 9-year-old students participated in clinical interviews. Through a process of holistic and qualitative coding, researchers used the number sense view as a theoretical framework for exploring how students' number…

Descriptors: Numbers, Mathematics Instruction, Mathematics Education, Problem Solving

Pitkäniemi, Harri; Häkkinen, Kaija – International Journal for Mathematics Teaching and Learning, 2015

The objective of our study is to understand and analyse what significance cognitive and emotional networks of classroom processes have in mathematics learning. The subject of the study includes two classrooms from Year 5 of a teacher training school, their pupils (NA=17, NB=19) and student teachers (N=4). The course on decimals, which consisted of…

Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Elementary School Mathematics, Educational Quality, Mathematics Education

Jorgensen, Robyn; Lowrie, Tom – International Journal for Mathematics Teaching and Learning, 2015

This paper explores the relationship between social backgrounds and geographical locations with mathematical achievement. Using the national testing system in Australia, correlations between the variables were explored and it was found that students from rural and low SES backgrounds are still being marginalised in school mathematics--in terms of…

Descriptors: Equal Education, Mathematics Education, Mathematics Achievement, Foreign Countries

Cheng, Lu Pien – International Journal for Mathematics Teaching and Learning, 2015

In this study, ways in which 9-year old students from one Singapore school solved 1-step and 2-step word problems based on the three semantic structures were examined. The students' work and diagrams provided insights into the range of errors in word problem solving for 1- step and 2-step word problems. In particular, the errors provided some…

Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Elementary School Students, Elementary School Mathematics, Word Problems (Mathematics)

Erdogan, Abdulkadir – International Journal for Mathematics Teaching and Learning, 2015

Turkish primary mathematics curriculum emphasizes the role of problem solving for teaching mathematics and pays particular attention to problem solving strategies. Patterns as a subject and the use of patterns as a non-routine problem solving strategy are also emphasized in the curriculum. The primary purpose of this study was to determine how…

Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Primary Education, Elementary School Mathematics, Elementary School Students

Cortina, José Luis; Višnovská, Jana; Zúñiga, Claudia – International Journal for Mathematics Teaching and Learning, 2015

We analyze the results of a study conducted for the purpose of assessing the viability of an alternative starting point for teaching fractions. The alternative is based on Freudenthal's insights about fraction as comparison. It involves portraying the entities that unit fractions quantify as always being apart from the reference unit, instead of…

Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Mathematics Instruction, Fractions, Interviews

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