Success in maths adds up to personal power

Success in maths adds up to personal power

Tuesday, 17 Aug 2010

Students’ attitudes to mathematics can determine their success or failure, and ultimately their social status as adults, according to emeritus professor of the philosophy of mathematics education at Exeter University in the United Kingdom Paul Ernest.

Professor Ernest will speak about the social outcomes of learning maths at the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) conference in Melbourne today.

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Counting is not the only way to add up

Counting is not the only way to add up

Tuesday, 17 Aug 2010

Counting is not the only way that children can solve arithmetic problems a mathematics conference in Melbourne will hear today.

In a presentation to the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) annual conference Robert Reeve, Associate Professor of Psychological Sciences at the University of Melbourne, will describe how Indigenous children from remote areas of the Northern Territory were able to add successfully by reproducing a pattern from memory.

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Fundamental maths competencies often overlooked

Fundamental maths competencies often overlooked

Tuesday, 17 Aug 2010

Six competencies that are fundamental to the development of ‘mathematical literacy’, or a person’s ability to apply their mathematical knowledge to practical situations, was presented at the ACER Research Conference in Melbourne earlier today.

The competencies are communication, mathematising, representation, reasoning, devising strategies, and using symbolic, formal and technical language and operations.

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Culture and language must be considered in mathematics learning

Culture and language must be considered in mathematics learning

Tuesday, 17 Aug 2010

Planning for quality learning in maths must take culture, language, attendance and core mathematical understanding into consideration to help Indigenous learners succeed, according to a paper presented earlier today at the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) annual conference in Melbourne.

Griffith University Professor of Education, Robyn Jorgensen, told conference delegates that Indigenous students may have gaps in their mathematical understanding, lower attendance rates, culture and languages that are significantly different from that of mainstream schools.

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Mathematics teaching and learning to reach beyond the basics

Mathematics teaching and learning to reach beyond the basics

Monday, 16 Aug 2010

Mathematics teachers and textbooks should provide more instruction on reasoning to encourage learning that goes beyond the basics, University of Melbourne Foundation Professor of Mathematics Education Kaye Stacey will tell the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) conference on Tuesday.

In the opening keynote address on day two of the annual research conference, Professor Stacey will draw on her research into mathematical reasoning and suggest why and how it should be given a more prominent place in Australian mathematics classrooms.

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