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Suurtamm, Christine; Vezina, Nancy – International Journal for Mathematics Teaching and Learning, 2010

The research article in this article is part of a larger study that examines an initiative to expand teacher expertise in facilitating mathematical problem solving within the framework of developing and field-testing pedagogical resources. We focus on one year of the study and report on the complex process of professional development as teachers…

Descriptors: Problem Solving, Educational Practices, Teaching Models, Mathematics Curriculum

Nzekwe-Excel, C. – International Journal for Mathematics Teaching and Learning, 2010

Background and Rationale: Student withdrawal and non-completion in institutions have been an issue of considerable concern. The lack of mathematical ability has been identified as a factor resulting to non-completion in higher institutions. Several students in higher education approach mathematics with a lot of anxiety. This has created the need…

Descriptors: Mathematics Education, Student Attitudes, Mathematics Achievement, Program Effectiveness

Lian, Lim Hooi; Yew, Wun Thiam; Idris, Noraini – International Journal for Mathematics Teaching and Learning, 2010

Superitem test based on the SOLO model (Structure of the Observing Learning Outcome) has become a powerful alternative assessment tool for monitoring the growth of students' cognitive ability in solving mathematics problems. This article focused on developing a superitem test to assess students' algebraic solving ability through interview method.…

Descriptors: Alternative Assessment, Mathematics Instruction, Cognitive Ability, Algebra

Das, N. R.; Baruah, Karuna – International Journal for Mathematics Teaching and Learning, 2010

This paper describes the prevailing academic scenarios of a representative group of secondary schools in Assam (India) with special references to students performance in general and mathematics performance in particular. The state of Assam is one of the economically backward regions of India and is witnessing socio-political disturbances mainly…

Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Foreign Countries, Educational Environment, Secondary Education

Leung, Allen – International Journal for Mathematics Teaching and Learning, 2010

In this paper, a Hong Kong primary school lesson on area and perimeter is analysed with a perspective to discuss the meaning for students to have rich mathematical experiences and how pre-designed pedagogical tools could enrich mathematics classroom learning environment which promote re-shaping, shaping and even creation of mathematical knowledge.…

Descriptors: Mathematics Education, Foreign Countries, Classroom Environment, Mathematics Instruction

Toptas, Veli – International Journal for Mathematics Teaching and Learning, 2010

It is widely accepted that learning becomes more enduring and deeper if geometric concepts are presented in various orientations and dimensions in textbooks. The purpose of this study was to examine how geometric concepts are presented in the Turkish elementary mathematics curriculum and the textbooks in terms of sizes and orientations. For this…

Descriptors: Elementary School Mathematics, Mathematics Education, Geometric Concepts, Mathematics Instruction

Atnafu, Mulugeta – International Journal for Mathematics Teaching and Learning, 2010

The purpose of this study was to examine the relation between the attitudes and components of attitude of the students towards algebra with their algebra achievements. The population for this study consists of all government tenth grade students and their mathematics teachers in Addis Ababa city administration. Sixteen tenth grade sections were…

Descriptors: Secondary School Students, Student Attitudes, Foreign Countries, Mathematics Teachers

Serhan, Derar – International Journal for Mathematics Teaching and Learning, 2009

This study used concept maps to investigate the effect of using graphing calculators on students' understanding of the derivative at a point. The study looked for differences between the concept images that are held by students' who are using graphing calculators and the students who are not using them. Seventy one students enrolled in two…

Descriptors: Experimental Groups, Concept Mapping, Graphing Calculators, Calculus

Menon, Ramakrishnan – International Journal for Mathematics Teaching and Learning, 2009

Sixty four preservice teachers taking a mathematics methods class for middle schools were given 3 math problems: multiply a three digit number by a two digit number; divide a whole number by a fraction; and compare the volume of two cylinders made in different ways from the same rectangular sheet. They were to a) solve them, explaining their…

Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Mathematics Instruction, Methods Courses, Knowledge Base for Teaching

Singh, Parmjit – International Journal for Mathematics Teaching and Learning, 2009

This paper reports selected findings from a study of number sense proficiency of students aged 13 to 16 years in a state in Malaysia. A total of 1756 students, from thirteen schools in a state in Malaysia participated in this study. A majority (74.9%) of these students obtained an A grade for their respective year-end school examinations. The…

Descriptors: Student Evaluation, Foreign Countries, Secondary School Students, Numbers

Dwyer, Jerry; Moorhouse, Kim; Colwell, Malinda J. – International Journal for Mathematics Teaching and Learning, 2009

This paper describes an intervention at the 8th grade level where university mathematics researchers presented a series of lessons on introductory concepts in probability and statistics. Pre- and post-tests, and interviews were conducted to examine whether or not students at this grade level can understand these concepts. Students showed a…

Descriptors: Cognitive Style, Intervention, Grade 8, Probability

Arizpe, Omar; Dwyer, Jerry; Stevens, Tara – International Journal for Mathematics Teaching and Learning, 2009

A solution to the Rubik's Cube was introduced to an eighth grade mathematics class. The purpose of this study was to determine if an introduction to a solution to the Rubik's Cube could enhance students' problem-solving abilities, increase their general interest in mathematics, and enhance students' problem solving self-efficacy. Pre and Post…

Descriptors: Self Efficacy, Problem Solving, Grade 8, Problem Sets

Yeo, Kai Kow Joseph – International Journal for Mathematics Teaching and Learning, 2009

As part of a study on mathematical problem solving of secondary 2 (13- to 14-years old) students in Singapore, 56 Secondary two students from ten secondary schools participated in this study. The purpose of this paper is to explore difficulties faced by 56 Secondary 2 students when solving problems. These interviews were analysed using the…

Descriptors: Problem Solving, Foreign Countries, Learning Problems, Interviews

Samo, Mashooque Ali – International Journal for Mathematics Teaching and Learning, 2009

Algebra uses symbols for generalizing arithmetic. These symbols have different meanings and interpretations in different situations. Students have different perceptions about these symbols, letters and signs. Despite the vast research by on the students' difficulties in understanding letters in Algebra, the overall image that emerges from the…

Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Word Problems (Mathematics), Algebra, Misconceptions