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2007

Science and Mathematics Education

Australian Catholic University

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Percentages As Part Whole Relationships, Paul White, Sue Wilson, Rhonda Faragher, M. Mitchelmore Jan 2007

Percentages As Part Whole Relationships, Paul White, Sue Wilson, Rhonda Faragher, M. Mitchelmore

Faculty of Education and Arts Publications

Five practising teachers in regional NSW implemented Teaching for Abstraction for the Year 6 topic “Percentages”. The authors constructed materials for a unit in which students explored familiar percentage contexts, searched for similarities in their mathematical structures and then applied their learnings to more abstract situations. Particular emphasis was given to additive versus multiplicative approaches in different percentage situations. After an introductory workshop, teachers taught the topic in eight 40 minute lessons. The results show that even though this approach is radically different from that to which students and teachers are accustomed, it has the potential to benefit student engagement ...


My Struggle With Maths May Not Have Been A Lonely One: Bibliotherapy In A Teacher Education Number Theory Unit, Sue Wilson Jan 2007

My Struggle With Maths May Not Have Been A Lonely One: Bibliotherapy In A Teacher Education Number Theory Unit, Sue Wilson

Faculty of Education and Arts Publications

Bibliotherapy provides a new approach to eliciting and understanding the affective responses of pre-service primary teachers. This paper further explores bibliotherapy as a reflective tool in teacher education by analysing affective responses of pre-service primary teachers studying an elective number theory unit. Pre-service teachers voluntarily wrote responses to readings about school students’ learning, discussed their understanding of their own experiences in the light of the readings, and identified readings that impacted most on them. The paper describes the responses using the five stages of the bibliotherapy and identifies some factors which affect levels of engagement with the process.