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ERIC Number: EJ1216658
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1473-0111
Teaching Mathematics for Understanding in Primary Schools: Could Teaching for Mathematising Be a Solution?
Lai, Mun Yee; Kinnear, Virginia; Fung, Chun Ip
International Journal for Mathematics Teaching and Learning, v20 n1 p1-17 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 procedures to helping children construct knowledge of the mathematics that informs mathematical "concept and processes." The shift to teaching for understanding however is not reflected in students' item responses in international and national achievement studies. This paper provides one example that illustrates a learning trajectory for supporting mathematical understanding of both conceptual and procedural knowledge through teaching that builds on the framework of "Teaching for Mathematising." A corresponding field-test will then be used to illustrated how students learn pragmatically.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia