
05759893
j
2010d.00208
Sexton, Matthew
Gervasoni, Ann
Brandenburg, Robyn
Using a concept cartoon to gain insight into children's calculation strategies.
Aust. Prim. Math. Classr. 14, No. 4, 2428 (2009).
2009
Australian Association of Mathematics Teachers (AAMT), Adelaide, SA
EN
C72
C32
E42
curriculum development
cartoons
educational change
computation
innovation
mathematical concepts
teaching methods
concept formation
http://www.aamt.edu.au/Webshop/Entirecatalogue/AustralianPrimaryMathematicsClassroom
Summary: Curriculum reform aimed at improving students' reasoning strategies for calculating was the focus of a research project in which the authors participated along with two school communities in regional Victoria. Another focus of the research was assisting teachers to gain insight into how their students approached calculations. This article explores one aspect of the research in which ``concept cartoons'' were introduced as an innovative way for gaining insight into children's strategies for addition calculations in a situation that begs for the use of mental strategies. A concept cartoon is a learning and teaching tool used primarily in science education to explore scientific concepts. However, the authors believe that concept cartoons also have great potential in mathematics education. (Contains 2 figures and 1 table.) (ERIC)