id: 06079445
dt: j
an: 2012e.00361
au: Gibbs, Melissa; Goos, Merrilyn; Geiger, Vince; Dole, Shelley
ti: Numeracy in secondary school mathematics.
so: Aust. Math. Teach. 68, No. 1, 29-35 (2012).
py: 2012
pu: Australian Association of Mathematics Teachers (AAMT), Adelaide, SA
la: EN
cc: D33 E43
ut: numeracy; literacy; student attitudes; teaching methods; task analysis;
surveys; student activities; student projects
ci:
li: http://www.aamt.edu.au/Webshop/Entire-catalogue/Australian-Mathematics-Teacher
ab: Summary: This article describes a project that focuses on numeracy in
secondary school mathematics. During the course of the project a
teacher had the chance to develop and trial new tasks and styles of
teaching and learning numeracy. She became increasingly comfortable
with using more extended tasks for learning mathematics. However, she
believes that it is beneficial if larger projects are made up of
self-contained sub-tasks that allow students to move towards smaller,
achievable goals. Surveys of students indicated that many of the class
appreciated the variety of tasks that they had the opportunity to
tackle, and many were quite happy to complete exercises from the
textbook interspersed with these other tasks to practise their skills.
Throughout the course of the project the teacher also had an increased
focus on developing activities that provided a critical orientation
towards the use of mathematics. It also became obvious how vital the
role of positive dispositions is in encouraging students to try
approaches to solving a problem for themselves rather than relying on
the teacher to provide all the answers. (ERIC)
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