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Researchers Scrutinize Environmental Programs In American Academia, Aldemaro Romero Jr., Michel Conner Jan 2007

Researchers Scrutinize Environmental Programs In American Academia, Aldemaro Romero Jr., Michel Conner

Publications and Research

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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.


Analyzing The Use Of Teaching Strategies In A Model Based Curriculum: Promoting Expert Reasoning And Imaginary Enhancement In High School Students, John Clement, L. Stephens Dec 2006

Analyzing The Use Of Teaching Strategies In A Model Based Curriculum: Promoting Expert Reasoning And Imaginary Enhancement In High School Students, John Clement, L. Stephens

John J. Clement

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Reading Primary Literature : A Practical Guide To Evaluating Research Articles In Biology, Christopher Gillen Dec 2006

Reading Primary Literature : A Practical Guide To Evaluating Research Articles In Biology, Christopher Gillen

Christopher M. Gillen

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Developing Mathematical Literacy, Ross Turner, L Steen, H Burkhardt Dec 2006

Developing Mathematical Literacy, Ross Turner, L Steen, H Burkhardt

Ross Turner

Mathematical literacy has received increasing attention in many countries over the last few years. This is partly driven by concerns of employers that too many students leave school unable to function mathematically at the level needed in the modern world of work. Further, it is increasingly recognised that people can only tackle many of the challenges of modern life effectively if they are mathematically literate in key areas. Planning in personal finance, assessment of risk, design in the home or on the computer screen, and critical appraisal of the flood of statistical information from advertising, politicians and the press — these ...


The Roles Of Modelling In Learning Mathematics, Malcolm Swann, Ross Turner, Caroline Yoon, E Muller Dec 2006

The Roles Of Modelling In Learning Mathematics, Malcolm Swann, Ross Turner, Caroline Yoon, E Muller

Ross Turner

This chapter illustrates how Applications and Modelling promote the learning of mathematics by developing the student’s mathematical language and her use of tools, and by developing the learner’s capacity to ask and answer questions in, with, and about mathematics.


Modelling And Applications In Pisa, Ross Turner Dec 2006

Modelling And Applications In Pisa, Ross Turner

Ross Turner

Several test items from the OECD’s Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) are now in the public domain. Some of these incorporate elements of modelling. This paper highlights a selection of those items, shows some interesting student outcomes such as gender differences and item difficulty, and poses some questions about the implications of these items for school mathematics.


A Classroom Teacher's Reflection On Learning Sustainability, Sandra Wooltorton Dec 2006

A Classroom Teacher's Reflection On Learning Sustainability, Sandra Wooltorton

Sandra Wooltorton

In 2004 I taught a class of 31 eleven and twelve year olds in a south-west Western Australian state primary school which I will call Forestdown. After critique and reflection on my 2004 teaching, in 2005 I taught half a day per week at the same school, this time with ten year olds. I used action research (Reason & Bradbury, 2001) to articulate my challenges and to formulate the approach I used to address them. The research context is a prosperous, business-as-usual culture built uupon a foundation of environmental destruction. Even though the children I taught in 2004 performed creditably in ...


Field-Based Science Education With A Community Service Learning Focus, William H. Robertson Dec 2006

Field-Based Science Education With A Community Service Learning Focus, William H. Robertson

William H. Robertson

Field-based program of studies for future teachers provides opportunities for powerful learning through a dialectical union of reflection and action. Methods courses in academic disciplines are linked with seminars and coursework on community partnerships, critical pedagogy and culturally responsive education. This article illustrates the processes of planning, implementation and evaluation of this approach, highlighting the impacts of community service learning on parents, families, students, and schools with a focus on validating native language literacy, increasing parental involvement and providing conceptually correct science education. The project indicates that two-way dual language programs with a strong parent engagement component can help improve ...


Increasing Pre-Service Teacher Science Test Success With A Tutorial Cd, William H. Robertson, Brian H. Giza, Stephanie S. Kuehne Dec 2006

Increasing Pre-Service Teacher Science Test Success With A Tutorial Cd, William H. Robertson, Brian H. Giza, Stephanie S. Kuehne

William H. Robertson

Pre-service teachers often perform poorly on high-stakes state certification exams. Noting that there were a few particular items and concepts that seemed to be the most problematical, the authors developed a n HTML and flash-based tutorial CD that contained supplementary video and reference materials designed to assist the prospective teacher in preparing for the exam. Research subjects were studied for their preparation for self-regulated learning, as well as language environment, content background, and other factors. Data from scores on the teacher certification exam was correlated with CD use and demographics to identify the effectiveness of the CD tool as an ...


El Uso De Preguntas Y Descubrimiento En El Contexto De Química, William H. Robertson Dec 2006

El Uso De Preguntas Y Descubrimiento En El Contexto De Química, William H. Robertson

William H. Robertson

This article, written in Spanish, describes the impacts of an effort to increase the teaching abilities of a group of Chemistry Peer Leaders working with undergraduates in fundamental Chemistry classes. The provided abstracts, in Spanish and English, describe the overall approach and the results obtained from the study done in the fall of 2005. A partnership between the College of Education and the College of Science at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) which was developed in order to strengthen the pedagogical methods within the context of chemistry content for student Peer Leaders. The goal was to enhance ...