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Perry, Bob – Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia, 2017

At MERGA, I presented a paper entitled "Mathematics in the Pre-School," which was a summary of tentative ventures into this emerging field. The role of the prior-to-school years in children's mathematics learning was not yet under serious consideration but an understanding of the importance of play in children's experiences was building.…

Descriptors: Kindergarten, Mathematics Education, Preschool Children, Play

Chan, Man Ching Esther; Clarke, David – Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia, 2017

This paper reports a study conducted in a laboratory classroom with the capability to record classroom social interactions in great detail using advanced video technology. The social interactions of student groups during collaborative problem solving were analysed based on transcript data. This analysis suggests that meaning negotiation in…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Teaching Methods, Video Technology, Classroom Communication

Evans, Melinda – Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia, 2017

In this preliminary study, to inform a larger study where Year 8 students create an online module for peers, I surveyed mathematics teachers (n = 30) on essential mathematics topics: (a) most critical for students' success, (b) most conceptually challenging for students, and (c) in which more fluency is needed, as well as (d) their likelihood of…

Descriptors: Secondary School Mathematics, Mathematics Teachers, Secondary School Teachers, Teacher Attitudes

Russo, James; Hopkins, Sarah – Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia, 2017

The current investigation systematically contrasted teaching with cognitively demanding (challenging) tasks using a task-first lesson structure with that of a teach-first lesson structure in a primary school setting (Year 1 and 2). The findings indicate that there is more than one way of incorporating challenge tasks into mathematics lessons to…

Descriptors: Cognitive Processes, Difficulty Level, Elementary School Mathematics, Mathematics Instruction

Gervasoni, Ann; Lowrie, Tom; Logan, Tracy; Larkin, Kevin; Bateup, Claudette; Kinny-Lewis, Caroline – Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia, 2017

The symposium provides an overview of the Early Years STEM Australia (ELSA) program. The conceptual underpinnings of the program are framed within STEM practices, rather than traditional thinking concerning the integration of discipline content knowledge. We will argue that our focus on practices is more aligned with the play-based and intentional…

Descriptors: Foreign Countries, STEM Education, Early Childhood Education, Play

Akhtar, Zarina; Steinle, Vicki – Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia, 2017

In this study, we investigated students' thinking about the use of letters in algebra. Responses from over 1,400 Australian secondary school students to a set of three algebra items were analysed to determine the prevalence of the "letter as object" misconception. We estimate that 50% to 80% of Year 7 students bring this misconception to…

Descriptors: Thinking Skills, Incidence, Junior High School Students, Algebra

Siemon, Dianne; Day, Lorraine; Stephens, Max; Horne, Marj; Callingham, Rosemary; Watson, Jane; Seah, Rebecca – Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia, 2017

The Australian Curriculum: Mathematics calls for the concurrent development of mathematical skills and mathematical reasoning. What are the big ideas of mathematical reasoning and is it possible to map their learning trajectories? Using rich assessment tasks designed for middle-years students of mathematics, this symposium reports on the…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Mathematical Logic, Thinking Skills, Middle School Students

11th Grade Students' Self-Regulated Learning in a Mathematics Problem-Based Learning (PBL) Classroom

Promsawan, Supatpong; Katwibun, Duanghathai – Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia, 2017

We proposed to study self-regulated learning (SRL) of 11th grade students in a PBL classroom (n = 36). The data were collected in November 2016 using Students' Self-Regulation Strategy Inventory (Students' SRSI), Teachers' Self-Regulation Strategy Inventory (Teachers' SRSI), students' interviews forms, students' reflections, and the teachers'…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Problem Based Learning, Teaching Methods, High School Students

Goos, Merrilyn; Geiger, Vince; Bennison, Anne; Dole, Shelley; Forgasz, Helen – Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia, 2017

While measures of research quality are widely accepted in the education research community, there may be less agreement on what constitutes evidence of impact and on where to look for it. The aims of this symposium are to consider some key issues in undertaking the Australian government's national assessment of research engagement and impact, and…

Descriptors: Educational Research, Research Methodology, Mathematics Education, Interdisciplinary Approach

Forrester, Tricia; Sandison, Carolyn E.; Denny, Sue – Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia, 2017

Excellent mathematics teachers establish learning environments that encourage students to actively engage with mathematics and foster co-operative and collaborative learning. Whiteboarding, using an erasable surface on which to work and share ideas, has been shown to increase student engagement, collaboration, and higher-order thinking. We report…

Descriptors: Secondary School Mathematics, Secondary School Teachers, Teaching Methods, Teacher Attitudes

Hopkins, Sarah; Russo, James – Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia, 2017

The current study compared the rate at which problem-based practice increased the use of retrieval-based strategies for students identified as displaying accurate min-counting with students identified as displaying almost proficient performance. The findings supported the prediction that the rate at which problem-based practice promoted retrieval…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Teaching Methods, Problem Based Learning, Mathematics Skills

Hurst, Chris; Huntley, Ray – Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia, 2017

Multiplicative thinking is a critical stage of mathematical understanding upon which many mathematical ideas are built. The myriad aspects of multiplicative thinking and the connections between them need to be explicitly developed. One such connection is the relationship between place value partitioning and the distributive property of…

Descriptors: Multiplication, Mathematics Skills, Mathematical Logic, Mathematical Concepts

Siriwat, Rakkor; Katwibun, Duanghathai – Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia, 2017

In this study, we explored the critical thinking of 47 eleventh-grade students in a mathematics problem-based learning (PBL) classroom in November 2016. A critical thinking test was used along with classroom observations to gather the critical thinking data in five dimensions according to the Association of American Colleges & Universities…

Descriptors: Critical Thinking, Problem Based Learning, Secondary School Mathematics, Grade 11

Hine, Gregory – Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia, 2017

In this research paper, I present the reasons why senior secondary students elect not to enrol in a higher mathematics course. All Year 11 and Year 12 mathematics students within Western Australian secondary schools were invited to participate in an online survey comprised chiefly of qualitative items. The key reasons espoused by students include…

Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Secondary School Students, Advanced Courses, Secondary School Mathematics

Forgasz, Helen; Leder, Gilah – Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia, 2017

Declining enrolments in advanced level mathematics at the school level are noted with concern. Whether school type (single-sex school or co-education) affects participation in mathematics continues to be debated. In this article we examine, by school type and gender, statistical data from 2001 to 2015 on Victorian Certificate of Education…

Descriptors: Coeducation, Single Sex Schools, Secondary School Mathematics, Enrollment