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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Technology must partner not serve mathematics learning

Technology must partner not serve mathematics learning

Monday, 16 Aug 2010

Digital technology should be a partner to learning mathematics rather than a servant by becoming a substitute for work done with a pencil and paper according to a University of Queensland academic.

In her address to the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) annual conference in Melbourne on Monday, Professor Merrilyn Goos will discuss the ways in which research, classroom practice and curriculum policy in the use of digital technologies line up with each other and inform each other.

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Mathematics curriculum must address ‘spectacular’ student diversity

Mathematics curriculum must address ‘spectacular’ student diversity

Monday, 16 Aug 2010

A leading American expert in mathematics education will tell delegates to a Melbourne conference on Monday that curriculum standards set for students are written as an  ‘immaculate progression’ but in reality students arrive each day with a spectacular variety of mathematical biographies. More consideration must be given to the diversity among students.

Philip Daro, one of three leading the writing of Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in Mathematics in the United States is visiting Australia to deliver a keynote address to the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) annual conference. Each state in the U.S. has had its own standards until now. The CCSS have been adopted by over 30 states.

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