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Mills, Judith – Teachers and Curriculum, 2020
New Zealand primary school teachers are expected to regularly reflect on their teaching practice in order to consider the implications of past teaching on future planning. Aligned to teachers' ongoing reflection, the New Zealand Curriculum (Ministry of Education, 2007) contains a section on effective pedagogy--teacher actions promoting student…
Descriptors: Numeracy, Foreign Countries, Elementary School Teachers, Reflective Teaching
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Mills, Judith – Teachers and Curriculum, 2019
The term numeracy is used widely in schools today and brings with it the expectation that students will be taught both how to do the mathematics, alongside an understanding of the concepts associated with the procedural application. One issue, which has arisen with the terminology 'numeracy classroom', is how to best support teachers to enhance…
Descriptors: Numeracy, Mathematics Instruction, Mathematical Concepts, Teaching Methods
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Perger, Pamela; Major, Karen – Teachers and Curriculum, 2018
Learning to count is a significant achievement. Counting requires the learner to co-ordinate a number of key principles to make sense of the various contexts in which counting is used. Learning to count takes time to master. Children need a range of opportunities to hear the language associated with counting and engage in everyday activities to…
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Picture Books, Numeracy, Teaching Methods
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Young-Loveridge, Jenny; Bicknell, Brenda; Lelieveld, Jo – Teachers and Curriculum, 2013
This paper shares research from a pilot study in which young children were introduced to multiplication and division problems in their first year of school. The focus was on building children's conceptual understanding of the idea of "repeated groups" as a fundamental aspect of multiplication and its relation to division. The particular…
Descriptors: Elementary School Mathematics, Multiplication, Arithmetic, Young Children
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Hill, Mary F.; Grudnoff, Lexie; Ell, Fiona – Teachers and Curriculum, 2011
For improved student outcomes, teachers must integrate their knowledge about the curriculum, about how to teach it effectively and how to assess whether students have learnt it. Therefore, key tasks for initial teacher education are building curriculum knowledge, learning contextually appropriate ways to teach and how to use assessment for…
Descriptors: Teacher Effectiveness, Mathematics Instruction, Mathematics Teachers, Teacher Educators
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Walshaw, Margaret; Openshaw, Roger – Teachers and Curriculum, 2011
Concerns about a decline in literacy and numeracy standards in New Zealand are longstanding. Such concerns have again come to the fore with the introduction of the Education (National Standards) Amendment Act 2008. In this paper we track the debates leading up to the new legislation, focusing on the political struggles and the way in which games…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Literacy, Numeracy, Academic Standards
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Young-Loveridge, Jennifer – Teachers and Curriculum, 2011
This paper challenges the emphasis on counting in New Zealand's Numeracy Development Project (NDP), arguing that subitizing provides an alternative pathway to quantification. Longitudinal data is presented showing that children's subitizing skills at the age of five years were a strong predictor of their later success in mathematics at the age of…
Descriptors: Computation, Mathematics Instruction, Foreign Countries, Numeracy
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Lee, Howard; Lee, Gregory – Teachers and Curriculum, 2009
The recently elected National Government has proceeded, under urgency, to pass the Education (National Standards) Amendment Bill, legislation that seeks to provide specific information for both schools and parents about how well every primary and intermediate school student (Years 1 to 8) is progressing in literacy and numeracy compared with other…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Academic Standards, National Standards, Educational Legislation
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Peters, Sally – Teachers and Curriculum, 2005
When children start school it is not just a transition to a new physical context, but also an entry point to a new "culture" where aspects of teaching, learning and assessment are different, and hence what it means to be a learner is constructed differently. In recent years, there has been increasing interest in making links between…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Minimum Competencies, Curriculum Development, Alignment (Education)
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Young-Loveridge, Jenny – Teachers and Curriculum, 2005
This paper looks at the issue of mathematics learning from a developmental perspective. It begins by focusing on the importance for teachers of understanding how mathematical thinking develops. The New Zealand Number Framework is used as an example of a developmental progression that is of particular relevance to the teaching of mathematics. The…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Foreign Countries, Numeracy, Interviews