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The Architecture Of Children's Use Of Language And Tools When Problem Solving Collaboratively With Robotics [Accepted Manuscript], Kathy Mills, Vinesh Chandra, Ji Yong Park Aug 2013

The Architecture Of Children's Use Of Language And Tools When Problem Solving Collaboratively With Robotics [Accepted Manuscript], Kathy Mills, Vinesh Chandra, Ji Yong Park

Faculty of Education and Arts Publications

This paper demonstrates, following Vygotsky, that language and tool use has a critical role in the collaborative problem-solving behaviour of school-age children. It reports original ethnographic classroom research examining the convergence of speech and practical activity in children's collaborative problem solving with robotics programming tasks. The researchers analysed children's interactions during a series of problem solving experiments in which Lego Mindstorms toolsets were used by teachers to create robotics design challenges among 24 students in a Year 4 Australian classroom (students aged 8.5-9.5 years). The design challenges were incrementally difficult, beginning with basic programming of straight ...


Space, Place And Power : The Spatial Turn In Literacy Research [Accepted Manuscript], Kathy A. Mills, Comber Barbara Mar 2013

Space, Place And Power : The Spatial Turn In Literacy Research [Accepted Manuscript], Kathy A. Mills, Comber Barbara

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This chapter maps an emergent strand of literacy research that foregrounds place and space as constitutive, rather than a backdrop for the real action. The foregrounding of space and place is steadily increasing in literacy research, as evidenced by the naming of spatial terms in titles and abstracts in literacy research city, urban, rural, river, ghetto, street, environment, and sites. This chapter discusses selected research in literacy studies, which in various ways addresses these themes. It begins by discussing studies that foreground the politics of place and literacy in classrooms and introduce the concept of place-conscious pedagogy through illustrative examples ...


Modified Alternate Assessment Participation Screening Consortium, Stephen Elliott, Ryan Kettler, Naomi Zigmond, Alexander Kurz Jan 2013

Modified Alternate Assessment Participation Screening Consortium, Stephen Elliott, Ryan Kettler, Naomi Zigmond, Alexander Kurz

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The Modified Alternate Assessment Participation Screening (MAAPS) Consortium included the departments of education from Arizona, Pennsylvania, and South Carolina, along with researchers from Arizona State University, Rutgers University, Vanderbilt University, the University of Pittsburgh, and Discovery Education Assessment, with the shared purpose of creating a multipart screening system for identifying students who would be eligible for an alternate assessment based on modified academic achievement standards (AA-MAS). The MAAPS System included electronic screening tests to predict proficiency in reading and mathematics, as well as a measure of opportunity to learn (OTL) essential academic objectives. The primary goals of the MAAPS Consortium ...


Towards A Culture Of Scholarly Practice In Mixed Sector Institutions, Melanie Williams, Fleur Goulding, Terri Seddon Jan 2013

Towards A Culture Of Scholarly Practice In Mixed Sector Institutions, Melanie Williams, Fleur Goulding, Terri Seddon

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No abstract provided.


The State Of Queensland (Department Of Education, Training And Employment) Byox Research Project 2013, State Of Queensland (Department Of Education, Training And Employment), Maureen O'Brien Jan 2013

The State Of Queensland (Department Of Education, Training And Employment) Byox Research Project 2013, State Of Queensland (Department Of Education, Training And Employment), Maureen O'Brien

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No abstract provided.


Parenting Styles And Academic Procrastination, Hamidreza Zakeri, Behnaz N. Esfahani, Maryam Razmjoee Jan 2013

Parenting Styles And Academic Procrastination, Hamidreza Zakeri, Behnaz N. Esfahani, Maryam Razmjoee

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The present study examined the relationship between the parenting styles and academic procrastination. Three-hundred-ninety- five Shiraz University students (261 girls and 134 boys) were participants of the study. Steinberg's Parenting Styles Scale (2005) and Solomon & Rothblum's Academic Procrastination Scale (1984) were used as measures of the study. Simultaneous multiple regression of academic procrastination total score on the parenting styles subscales, revealed that the “acceptance-involvement” and “psychological autonomy-granting” styles were significant and negative predictor of the academic procrastination, whereas the “behavioral strictness-supervision” style had a significant predict power for the academic rocrastination.


"See You Online": Teaching Strategies For Digital Literacy Practices In The English Curriculum [Accepted Manuscript], Kathy Mills Jan 2013

"See You Online": Teaching Strategies For Digital Literacy Practices In The English Curriculum [Accepted Manuscript], Kathy Mills

Faculty of Education and Arts Publications

Literacy educator Kathy Mills observes that creating multimodal and digital texts is an essential part of the national English curriculum. Here, she presents five practical and engaging ways to transform conventional writing tasks in a digital world.


Constructing Meanings Of Mathematical Registers Using Metaphorical Reasoning And Models, Mun Y. Lai Jan 2013

Constructing Meanings Of Mathematical Registers Using Metaphorical Reasoning And Models, Mun Y. Lai

Faculty of Education and Arts Publications

Current debates about successful mathematics pedagogy suggest that mathematical learning and problem solving can be enhanced by using metaphors as they provide students with a tool for thinking. But assisting pre-service teachers to understand the importance of careful and accurate explanations for mathematical concepts remains an issue. This paper investigates how a mathematics teacher made use of models and metaphors to construct mathematical meanings within a transformational shift between less- and more-mathematical language. The Peircian model of semiosis was employed to identify the conceptual relationships in the metaphors and to analyse possible discrepancies between the literal meaning of metaphors, the ...


Designing Mathematical Modelling Tasks In A Technology Rich Secondary School Context, Vincent Geiger, Trevor Redmond Jan 2013

Designing Mathematical Modelling Tasks In A Technology Rich Secondary School Context, Vincent Geiger, Trevor Redmond

Faculty of Education and Arts Publications

The potential of digital tools to enhance student learning is well researched, however, the potential of technology to promote students’ engagement with mathematical modelling tasks has received limited consideration. This paper draws on a research study that aimed to investigate the possibilities that exist for student learning when teachers from six secondary schools designed tasks that anticipated for the use of digital tools within mathematical modelling tasks. The paper describes and analyses the collaboration which took place in identifying principles of design for such tasks.


Exploring The Demands And Opportunities For Numeracy In The Australian Curriculum :English, Vincent Geiger, Merrilyn Goos, Shelley Dole, Helen Forgasz, Anne Bennison Jan 2013

Exploring The Demands And Opportunities For Numeracy In The Australian Curriculum :English, Vincent Geiger, Merrilyn Goos, Shelley Dole, Helen Forgasz, Anne Bennison

Faculty of Education and Arts Publications

Numeracy is a fundamental component of the Australian National Curriculum as a General Capability identified in each F-10 subject. In this paper we report on an aspect of a larger project aimed at investigating how effective cross-curricular numeracy practice can be implemented within the context of the Australian National Curriculum. Specifically, we draw on a numeracy audit of the English curriculum and on data via a semi-structured teacher interview to explore the numeracy demands and opportunities that exist in the teaching of English. Despite limited guidance for teachers in how to take advantage of numeracy skills within English, our investigation ...


Designing Rich Numeracy Tasks, Merrilyn Goos, Vincent Geiger, Shelley Dole Jan 2013

Designing Rich Numeracy Tasks, Merrilyn Goos, Vincent Geiger, Shelley Dole

Faculty of Education and Arts Publications

In Australia, numeracy is regarded as a general capability to be developed across the whole school curriculum, not just mathematics. This paper draws on a research study that aimed to help teachers in ten schools design numeracy tasks and implement investigative numeracy pedagogies across the middle school (Grades 6-9) curriculum. Teachers were introduced to a rich model of numeracy that gives attention to real-life contexts, application of mathematical knowledge, use of representational, physical, and digital tools, and positive dispositions towards mathematics. These elements are grounded in a critical orientation to the use of mathematics. The paper identifies ways in which ...


Exploring Young Students' Functional Thinking, Elizabeth Warren, Jodie Miller, Thomas J. Cooper Jan 2013

Exploring Young Students' Functional Thinking, Elizabeth Warren, Jodie Miller, Thomas J. Cooper

Faculty of Education and Arts Publications

The Early Years Generalizing Project (EYGP) involves Australian years 1 to 4 (age 5 to 9) students and investigates how they grasp and express generalizations. This paper focuses on data collected from 6 Year 1 students in an exploratory study within a clinical interview setting that required students to identify function rules. Preliminary findings suggest that the use of gestures (both by students and interviewers), self-talk (by students), and concrete acting out, assisted students to reach generalizations and to begin to express these generalities. It also appears that as students became aware of the structure, their use of gestures and ...


Scaffolding The Mathematics Learning Of Low-Attaining Students Through Whole Class Discussions, Sarah Ferguson Jan 2013

Scaffolding The Mathematics Learning Of Low-Attaining Students Through Whole Class Discussions, Sarah Ferguson

Faculty of Education and Arts Publications

No abstract provided.


Teaching Teachers For The Future Project: Building Tpack Confidence And Capabilities For E-Learning, Glenn Finger, Romina Jamieson-Proctor, Peter Grimbeek Jan 2013

Teaching Teachers For The Future Project: Building Tpack Confidence And Capabilities For E-Learning, Glenn Finger, Romina Jamieson-Proctor, Peter Grimbeek

Faculty of Education and Arts Publications

In Australian Higher Education, the importance of initial teacher education (ITE) programs is evident through enrolments totalling 105 858 students in the broad field of Education in 2012 (DIISRTE, 2012) which represent 9.7% of the 1 094 672 students enrolled in higher education. This paper provides insights into the "Teaching Teachers for the Future (TTF) Project" involving all Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) which provide ITE programs in Australia. The 15 month long, $8 million TTF Project, funded by the Australian Government's ICT Innovation Fund aimed to develop the ICT capabilities of future teachers. The design of ITE programs ...


Teaching Roles In Technology-Rich Teaching And Learning Environments (Trtle's), Jill Brown Jan 2013

Teaching Roles In Technology-Rich Teaching And Learning Environments (Trtle's), Jill Brown

Faculty of Education and Arts Publications

This paper reports part of a study of secondary mathematics teachers in Technology-Rich Teaching and Learning Environment (TRTLE's). Three TRTLE's, two year 11 and one year nine class and their teachers were the focus of the study. Seven Teaching Roles were identified as teachers acted to allow students to perceive and enact affordances of TRTLE's appropriate to the learning of functions. Each role is important in allowing future independent perception and enactment of affordances by students.


Mature Age Pre-Service Teachers' Mathematics Anxiety And Factors Impacting On University Retention, Sue Wilson Jan 2013

Mature Age Pre-Service Teachers' Mathematics Anxiety And Factors Impacting On University Retention, Sue Wilson

Faculty of Education and Arts Publications

The ability of primary (elementary) pre-service teachers to engage effectively in mathematics units in a rigorous program is vital to producing citizens who are able to use mathematics effectively in their lives. Mathematics anxiety affects pre-service primary teachers’ engagement with and future teaching of mathematics. The study measured the range of mathematics anxiety in two hundred and nineteen pre-service teachers starting a teacher education course in an Australian university. They completed the Revised Mathematics Anxiety Scale (RMARS) and a set of demographic questions. Age differences in anxiety were found to be significant, and this has implications for university retention of ...


Using Photographs And Diagrams To Test Young Children's Mass Thinking, Jill Cheeseman, Andrea Mcdonough Jan 2013

Using Photographs And Diagrams To Test Young Children's Mass Thinking, Jill Cheeseman, Andrea Mcdonough

Faculty of Education and Arts Publications

This paper reports the result of a pencil-and-paper test developed to assess young children's understanding of mass measurement. The innovative element of the test was its use of photographs. We found many children of the 295 6-8 year-old children tested could "read" the photographs and diagrams and recognise the images as representations of their classroom experiences. While the test had its limitations, it also required explanation, deductive reasoning, and justification of thinking through the open response questions. We have demonstrated that it is possible to develop pencil- and-paper tests that use photographs and diagrams to closely connect written assessment ...


Making Connections Between Multiplication And Division, Ann Downton Jan 2013

Making Connections Between Multiplication And Division, Ann Downton

Faculty of Education and Arts Publications

No abstract provided.


Longitudinal Progress Of 6-Year-Old Students Who Participated In An Extending Mathematical Understanding Mathematics Intervention Program, Ann Gervasoni, Linda Parish, Carole Livesey, Melissa Croswell, Kate Bevan, Teresa Hadden, Kathie Turkenburg Jan 2013

Longitudinal Progress Of 6-Year-Old Students Who Participated In An Extending Mathematical Understanding Mathematics Intervention Program, Ann Gervasoni, Linda Parish, Carole Livesey, Melissa Croswell, Kate Bevan, Teresa Hadden, Kathie Turkenburg

Faculty of Education and Arts Publications

No abstract provided.


An Investigation Of Moderation Practices Within A Faculty Of Education, Denise Beutel, Lenore Adie, Margaret M. Lloyd Jan 2013

An Investigation Of Moderation Practices Within A Faculty Of Education, Denise Beutel, Lenore Adie, Margaret M. Lloyd

Faculty of Education and Arts Publications

Moderation of student assessment is a critical component of teaching and learning in contemporary universities. In higher education, moderation is usually governed by university-wide policies and practices. However, in Australia, moderation processes will now be guided by the new national university accreditation authority, Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA). In light of this reform, the purpose of this qualitative study was to identify and analyse current moderation practices operating within a faculty of education at a large urban university in eastern Australia.


Education For Sustainability: A Case Study Of Pre-Service Primary Teachers' Knowledge And Efficacy, Gerard Effeney, Julie Davis Jan 2013

Education For Sustainability: A Case Study Of Pre-Service Primary Teachers' Knowledge And Efficacy, Gerard Effeney, Julie Davis

Faculty of Education and Arts Publications

This study investigated the relationships between knowledge and efficacy for teaching sustainability in a sample of 266 pre-service primary teachers at a large, metropolitan university in Australia. A survey gathered information about the participant’s attitudes and self-efficacy for education for sustainability, along with their perceived and actual knowledge of environmental sustainability issues. The participants typically believed they were confident in their abilities to engage with education for sustainability with self-efficacy increasing with increased levels of perceived knowledge. However no relationship was found between perceived knowledge and actual knowledge which suggests that the participants either do not feel constrained by ...


What Role For The Asian Language Expertise Of Children In Australian Schools In The Asian Century?, Jacqueline Coleman Jan 2013

What Role For The Asian Language Expertise Of Children In Australian Schools In The Asian Century?, Jacqueline Coleman

Faculty of Education and Arts Publications

No abstract provided.


And The Word Became Text: A 4x4 Toolkit For Scaffolding Writing In Secondary English, Sally Humphrey Jan 2013

And The Word Became Text: A 4x4 Toolkit For Scaffolding Writing In Secondary English, Sally Humphrey

Faculty of Education and Arts Publications

No abstract provided.


The Case For Using Learning Designs With Pre-Service Teachers, Leanne Cameron, Chris Campbell Jan 2013

The Case For Using Learning Designs With Pre-Service Teachers, Leanne Cameron, Chris Campbell

Faculty of Education and Arts Publications

No abstract provided.


Consortium For Modified Alternate Assessment Development And Implementation: Lessons Learned, Stephen N. Elliott, Michael C. Rodriguez, Andrew T. Roach, Peter A. Beddow, Ryan J. Kettler, Alexander Kurz Jan 2013

Consortium For Modified Alternate Assessment Development And Implementation: Lessons Learned, Stephen N. Elliott, Michael C. Rodriguez, Andrew T. Roach, Peter A. Beddow, Ryan J. Kettler, Alexander Kurz

Faculty of Education and Arts Publications

No abstract provided.


How Can Technology Make This Work? Preservice Teachers, Off-Campus Learning And Digital Portfolios, Wendy Moran, Les Vozzo, Jo-Anne Reid, Marilyn Pietsch, Caroline Hatton Jan 2013

How Can Technology Make This Work? Preservice Teachers, Off-Campus Learning And Digital Portfolios, Wendy Moran, Les Vozzo, Jo-Anne Reid, Marilyn Pietsch, Caroline Hatton

Faculty of Education and Arts Publications

Utilising appropriate Information Communication Technologies (ICT) as instructional tools in teacher education can be a challenging yet worthwhile endeavour. This paper reports the difficulties and benefits of a recent inter-university project requiring preservice primary teachers to construct professional digital portfolios using the support of ICT. Challenges with regard to communication and learning were numerous as 34 preservice teachers (PSTs) from three universities in NSW (situated in country towns, and in Sydney) worked together as a collaborative learning community. Meeting regularly face-to-face during the 12-month process was not always possible and so ICT resources were employed to facilitate instruction and communication ...


Learning About The Effects Of Context On Teaching And Learning In Pre-Service Teacher Education, Lisl Fenwick, Maxine Cooper Jan 2013

Learning About The Effects Of Context On Teaching And Learning In Pre-Service Teacher Education, Lisl Fenwick, Maxine Cooper

Faculty of Education and Arts Publications

Preparing teachers to work effectively within increasingly diverse contexts is a key goal of teacher education programs. This study analyses the extent to which a semester unit within a teacher education course provided pre-service teachers with the understanding and practices required to teach in low socio-economic status (SES) contexts. The results suggest that a unit, which emphasises links between theory, historical perspectives and practice, can effectively provide pre-service teachers with the key understandings and skills associated with improving equity outcomes in education. However, when the ideas being presented conflict with pre-existing, strongly held ideas about the role of schooling, practices ...


Self-Concepts And Educational Outcomes Of Indigenous Australian Students In Urban And Rural School Settings, Alexander Seeshing Yeung, Rhonda G. Craven, Jinnat Ali Jan 2013

Self-Concepts And Educational Outcomes Of Indigenous Australian Students In Urban And Rural School Settings, Alexander Seeshing Yeung, Rhonda G. Craven, Jinnat Ali

Faculty of Education and Arts Publications

Indigenous Australians have been known to be disadvantaged in many ways although higher art and physical self-concepts have been reported with Indigenous samples. Given recent research demonstrating the reciprocal effects of achievement and self-concept in academic domains, Indigenous students may experience further disadvantages in both academic performance and self-concept. A sample of Indigenous and non-Indigenous students (N = 1,342) from schools in New South Wales (NSW), Australia were asked to respond to a survey measuring: 5 domains of self-concept (i.e., school, reading, maths, art, and physical abilities), 2 learning-related factors (enjoyment and participation), and a self-assessment of their school ...


The Pedagogy Of Personalised Learning: Exemplars, Moocs And Related Learning Theories, Catherine Mcloughlin Jan 2013

The Pedagogy Of Personalised Learning: Exemplars, Moocs And Related Learning Theories, Catherine Mcloughlin

Faculty of Education and Arts Publications

In contrast to teacher directed curricula, personal learning environments (PLE’s) are learner-centric, providing relevant and timely learning opportunities by enabling individuals to select, integrate and construct knowledge using various software, services and options based on their needs and circumstance. This approach ideally leads to a model where learner needs drive the learning process. In PLE’s, teacher pedagogy undergoes a radical shift to allow learners to make decisions that best suit their goals and needs for acquisition of skills, knowledge creation, social interaction and collaboration.The pedagogy of personalised learning is multidimensional and can be supported by Web 2 ...


Where To From Here? Reflections, Rethinking And Reimagining Higher Education Assessment In The New Media Age, Simon Smith, Michael Griffith, Wai-Leng Wong, Paul Mcdonald Jan 2013

Where To From Here? Reflections, Rethinking And Reimagining Higher Education Assessment In The New Media Age, Simon Smith, Michael Griffith, Wai-Leng Wong, Paul Mcdonald

Faculty of Education and Arts Publications

The New Media Age has ushered in new opportunities, challenges and demands in the delivery of higher education. Access to information and people anywhere/anytime is transforming traditional education models and changing teaching and learning approaches. In this paper, we reflect on current assessment practices in higher education and consider the impact the New Media Age is likely to have on the future of assessment. Examining education technology trends, we present a model that predicts the expansion of assessment along two dimensions: an involvement continuum and an accessibility continuum. The former consists of a scale intrapersonal to interpersonal while the ...