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Blue, Levon Ellen; O'Brien, Mia; Makar, Katie – Mathematics Education Research Journal, 2018

From an early age, children are faced with financial dilemmas and are expected to make effective financial decisions about money. In this paper, we explore the classroom practices that may enable a compassionate approach to financial literacy education. We observed an inquiry-based mathematics lesson in a Year 4 primary school classroom. The…

Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Money Management, Inquiry, Mathematics Instruction

Choy, Ban Heng – Mathematics Education Research Journal, 2016

Designing a mathematically worthwhile task is critical for promoting students' reasoning. To improve task design skills, teachers often engage in collaborative lesson planning activities such as lesson study. However, to learn from the process of lesson study, it is important for teachers to notice productively the concepts, students' confusion…

Descriptors: Mathematics Teachers, Mathematics Instruction, Fractions, Instructional Design

Dawson, A. J. Sandy – Mathematics Education Research Journal, 2013

The first goal of this Project is the development of elementary school mathematics curricula sensitive to indigenous mathematical thought and experience. A necessary prerequisite for the achievement of this goal is to recapture and honor the mathematics developed and practiced in the Micronesian communities. This is the Project's second goal. The…

Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Elementary School Mathematics, Grade 1, Grade 4

Kasmer, Lisa – Mathematics Education Research Journal, 2013

In order to promote mathematical understanding among English Language Learners (ELLs), it is necessary to modify instructional strategies to effectively communicate mathematical content. This paper discusses the instructional strategies used by four pre-service teachers to teach mathematics to secondary students in English-medium schools in…

Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Teaching Experience, Secondary School Mathematics, Student Teaching

Ely, Robert; Adams, Anne E. – Mathematics Education Research Journal, 2012

One of the most significant steps in learning algebra is understanding the change in the role of letters in mathematical expressions from unknowns to variables. We describe the historical development of this change in usage, starting with the ancient use of mathematical unknowns, detailing several important changes in practice that allowed for the…

Descriptors: Algebra, Mathematics Instruction, Mathematical Concepts, History

Staples, Megan E.; Truxaw, Mary P. – Mathematics Education Research Journal, 2012

This article presents an examination of the language demands of cognitively demanding tasks and proposes an initial framework for the language demands of higher-order mathematics thinking practices. We articulate four categories for this framework: "language of generalisation," "language of comparison," "language of proportional reasoning," and…

Descriptors: Student Evaluation, Grade 9, Thinking Skills, Executive Function

Owens, Kay; Paraides, Patricia; Nutti, Ylva Jannok; Johansson, Gunilla; Bennet, Maria; Doolan, Pat; Peckham, Ray; Hill, John; Doolan, Frank; O'Sullivan, Dominic; Murray, Libbey; Logan, Patricia; McNair, Melissa; Sunnari, Vappu; Murray, Beatrice; Miller, Alissa; Nolan, John; Simpson, Alca; Ohrin, Christine; Doolan, Terry; Doolan, Michelle; Taylor, Paul – Mathematics Education Research Journal, 2011

As a result of a number of government reports, there have been numerous systemic changes in Indigenous education in Australia revolving around the importance of partnerships with the community. A forum with our local Dubbo community established the importance of working together and developed a model which placed the child in an ecological…

Descriptors: Critical Theory, Mathematics Education, Foreign Countries, Indigenous Populations

Tait-McCutcheon, Sandi; Drake, Michael; Sherley, Brenda – Mathematics Education Research Journal, 2011

This paper builds from a prior study into the teaching and learning of basic number facts in New Zealand. It reports the changes in practice of one teacher that were brought about by her reflection on the effectiveness of her teaching and learning programme. It details how this teacher created a process which helped make the learning of basic…

Descriptors: Direct Instruction, Foreign Countries, Teacher Role, Reflection

Tall, David – Mathematics Education Research Journal, 2008

This paper focuses on the changes in thinking involved in the transition from school mathematics to formal proof in pure mathematics at university. School mathematics is seen as a combination of visual representations, including geometry and graphs, together with symbolic calculations and manipulations. Pure mathematics in university shifts…

Descriptors: Mathematical Logic, Mathematics Instruction, Mathematical Concepts, College Mathematics

Clark, Megan; Lovric, Miroslav – Mathematics Education Research Journal, 2008

One of most notable features of existing body of research in transition seems to be the absence of a theoretical model. The suggestion we present in this paper--to view and understand the high school to university transition in mathematics as a modern-day rite of passage--is an attempt at defining such framework. Although dominantly reflecting…

Descriptors: Ceremonies, Anthropology, Adolescents, Cultural Context

Novotna, Jarmila; Hoch, Maureen – Mathematics Education Research Journal, 2008

Many students have difficulties with basic algebraic concepts at high school and at university. In this paper two levels of algebraic structure sense are defined: for high school algebra and for university algebra. We suggest that high school algebra structure sense components are sub-components of some university algebra structure sense…

Descriptors: High Schools, Algebra, Equations (Mathematics), Foreign Countries

Wood, Leigh; Solomonides, Ian – Mathematics Education Research Journal, 2008

There is not just one mathematics taught at university level, nor is there one group of students. Mathematics is taught differently depending on the discipline and the perceived background of the student. There is engineering mathematics for the students heading towards engineering degrees, life science mathematics for those heading towards…

Descriptors: Curriculum Design, Intellectual Disciplines, Education Work Relationship, Relevance (Education)

van den Heuvel-Panhuizen, Marja – Mathematics Education Research Journal, 2008

This article discusses students' perceptions as a source for understanding education. It addresses what didactically experienced children, called "didactikids", taught us about the empty number line as a didactical model for teaching whole number calculations. The article mainly reports on a student consultancy study carried out in the…

Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Elementary School Mathematics, Numbers, Number Concepts

Hallagan, Jean E. – Mathematics Education Research Journal, 2006

The purpose of this article is to describe a middle school mathematics teacher's model of his students' responses to algebraic tasks involving equivalent expressions and the distributive property. The teacher engaged in two model-eliciting activities designed for teachers by creating a library of his students' work and an accompanying "Ways…

Descriptors: Mathematics Teachers, Algebra, Mathematical Formulas, Mathematical Models

Doig, Brian – Mathematics Education Research Journal, 2005

The assessment of children in their years before school and their first years of school has been, traditionally, informal. Further, assessment of children's mathematical skills at this level has been infrequent compared to social, emotional and physical assessments. However, there are contexts where reliable, valid, standardised data from…

Descriptors: Mathematics Skills, Item Response Theory, Mathematics Achievement, Preschool Children

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