The Teacher, The Tasks: Their Role in Students? Mathematical Literacy

Doyle, Katherine M. (2007) The Teacher, The Tasks: Their Role in Students? Mathematical Literacy. In Watson, Jane & Beswick, Kim (Eds.) 30th annual conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia - Mathematics: Essential Research, Essential Practice, 2-6 July 2007, Hobart, Tasmania.


This paper reports on part of a larger study and examines the changing nature of mathematics teaching and tasks. Two Year 4 classes were compared after mathematicalmodelling tasks were undertaken with and without top-level structuring. The results indicate that mathematical-modelling and top-level structuring tasks can advance mathematical literacy. Where students are guided through information organisation and mathematising through quality teaching, they can make sense of the mathematical world. Also evident was the vital role of the teacher in creating a positive learning environment through facilitating discourse and literacy development in mathematics students. Recommendations for teaching are given. Indications evidenced here warrant further investigation.

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ID Code: 14324
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: The contents of this conference can be freely accessed online via the publisher's web page (see hypertext link).
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ISBN: 9781920846138
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200) > Science Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy (130212)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200) > Mathematics and Numeracy Curriculum and Pedagogy (130208)
Divisions: Past > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2007 MERGA
Copyright Statement: Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Deposited On: 07 Aug 2008 00:00
Last Modified: 03 Mar 2011 05:45

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