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Calder, Nigel; Murphy, Carol – Waikato Journal of Education, 2023
In this paper we consider how the integration of mobile technology apps into classroom practice can form an alternative pedagogical medium that influences the learning process in mathematics. We give an account of one aspect of a research project that examined the use of tablets and apps in primary school mathematics programmes and report teacher…
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Telecommunications, Handheld Devices, Mathematics Instruction
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Wati, Indra; Dayal, Hem Chand – Waikato Journal of Education, 2022
Lesson Study (LS) is a teaching improvement and knowledge-building process that has origins in Japanese elementary education. In Japanese LS, teachers work in small teams to plan, teach, observe, analyse and refine individual lessons called research lessons. This study examined a small sample of primary school teachers' perceptions of LS as a…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Grade 8, Mathematics Teachers, Faculty Development
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Coleman, Claire M.; Lind, Tim – Waikato Journal of Education, 2020
Following recent increases in the diversity of students, technologies, pedagogies and environments, New Zealand classrooms are sites of growing complexity. Tasked with covering a broad range of disciplines within each school day, opportunities for subject integration are of increasing value to busy teachers. Developing upon a previous piece of…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Mathematics Instruction, Teaching Methods, Interdisciplinary Approach
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Shanna, Shweta – Waikato Journal of Education, 2019
The aim of this article is to provide a critical review of the theories and the model used in the field of geometry education research. The article critically discusses van Hiele's theory, Fischbein's theory of figural concepts, Duval's theory of figural apprehension, the Spatial Operational Capacity (SOC) model by Wessels and van Niekerk, and the…
Descriptors: Geometry, Mathematics Instruction, Teaching Methods, Theories
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Calder, Nigel – Waikato Journal of Education, 2019
This article reports on a research project that examined the ways that 10-year-old students, who were using Scratch for coding, engaged with mathematical ideas. Interactive software is emerging that has cross-curricula implications and facilitates thinking in rich, problem-solving environments. Scratch, a free-to-use graphical programming…
Descriptors: Programming, Coding, Computer Software, Educational Technology
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Sharma, Sashi – Waikato Journal of Education, 2018
This paper focuses on the use of home languages as a resource for Pasifika students who are learning about statistical methods. It is acknowledged that there are connections between language use and mathematics in mathematics learning and teaching, and the potential challenges this issue can pose have been investigated by researchers. Yet how the…
Descriptors: Barriers, Pacific Islanders, Ethnic Groups, Grade 12
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Dayal, Hem Chand; Lingam, Govinda lshwar – Waikato Journal of Education, 2018
Knowledge that teachers bring to the teaching context is one of the key factors in discussions about mathematics teaching. This study aimed to explore in-service primary teachers' knowledge of fraction division using division tasks. The first phase of the study examined fifty-one primary in-service teachers' written responses to division items.…
Descriptors: Elementary School Teachers, Mathematics Instruction, Division, Children
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Abah, Joshua Abah – Waikato Journal of Education, 2017
This study is aimed at determining first-year university students' reflections when Fibonacci tiling, the ancient Chinese fang cheng procedures, and the ancient Indian meru prastara recursions were introduced as historical snippets in an adventure pedagogy for basic mathematics. Seventy-eight first-year students enrolled in a course in basic…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Action Research, Student Attitudes, Foreign Countries
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Bailey, Judy – Waikato Journal of Education, 2017
New Zealand curriculum documents have long referred to mathematics as a problem-solving endeavour. Although this has been an intended focus for more than 25 years, problem-solving has often been an aspect of mathematics teaching that has been overlooked (Holton, 2009). This research explores the experiences of one teacher who is committed to…
Descriptors: Problem Solving, Mathematics Instruction, Teaching Methods, Teacher Attitudes
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Jourdain, Laura; Sharma, Sashi – Waikato Journal of Education, 2016
Traditionally, the difficulties associated with mathematics were largely seen as coming from the cognitive demands of mathematics itself. It is now accepted that language and mathematics are connected in mathematics learning and teaching, and, the potential challenges of language in mathematics have been investigated by a number of researchers.…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Language of Instruction, Teaching Methods, Barriers
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Dayal, Hem; Chandra, Subhas – Waikato Journal of Education, 2016
Word problems have been well recognised for their pedagogical value in mathematics teaching and learning. The authors of this paper examined Fijian primary mathematics teachers' mathematical knowledge by analysing 34 teachers response to three word problems. The teachers were enrolled in a primary mathematics teaching methods course at a Fijian…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Mathematics Instruction, Word Problems (Mathematics), Elementary School Teachers