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Effectiveness Of Teacher Professional Learning : Enhancing The Teaching Of Fractions In Primary Schools, Derek Hurrell Aug 2019

Effectiveness Of Teacher Professional Learning : Enhancing The Teaching Of Fractions In Primary Schools, Derek Hurrell

Derek Hurrell

This study was motivated by the need to develop professional learning for primary school teachers that would support them to more effectively teach the mathematics topic of fractions. What seemed evident, was that previous professional learning attended by teachers had not adequately met their needs.

The aim of this study was to investigate whether professional learning, with a focus on subject content knowledge, pedagogical knowledge and reflective practice could enhance primary school teachers’ PCK for teaching fractions and make them more confident teachers of fractions. Demonstrating this to be the case would have wide implications for the development of professional ...


A Case Study Of Effective Practice In Mathematics Teaching And Learning Informed By Valsiner's Zone Theory, Vince Geiger, Vince Geiger, Judy Anderson, Judy Anderson, Derek Hurrell Aug 2019

A Case Study Of Effective Practice In Mathematics Teaching And Learning Informed By Valsiner's Zone Theory, Vince Geiger, Vince Geiger, Judy Anderson, Judy Anderson, Derek Hurrell

Derek Hurrell

The characteristics that typify an effective teacher of mathematics and the environments that support effective teaching practices have been a long-term focus of educational research. In this article we report on an aspect of a larger study that investigated ‘best practice’ in mathematics teaching and learning across all Australian states and territories. A case study from one Australian state was developed from data collected via classroom observations and semi-structured interviews with school leaders and teachers and analysed using Valsiner’s zone theory. A finding of the study is that ‘successful’ practice is strongly tied to school context and the cultural ...