Developing young students’ meta-representational competence through integrated mathematics and science investigations

Mulligan, Joanne & English, Lyn (2014) Developing young students’ meta-representational competence through integrated mathematics and science investigations. In Anderson, Judy, Cavanagh, Michael, & Prescott, Anne (Eds.) Proceedings of the 37th Annual Conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia, MERGA, Sydney, Australia, pp. 493-500.

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Abstract

This paper describes students’ developing meta-representational competence, drawn from the second phase of a longitudinal study, Transforming Children’s Mathematical and Scientific Development. A group of 21 highly able Grade 1 students was engaged in mathematics/science investigations as part of a data modelling program. A pedagogical approach focused on students’ interpretation of categorical and continuous data was implemented through researcher-directed weekly sessions over a 2-year period. Fine-grained analysis of the developmental features and explanations of their graphs showed that explicit pedagogical attention to conceptual differences between categorical and continuous data was critical to development of inferential reasoning.

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ID Code: 79994
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Metarepresentational competence, Young children, Science and Mathematics Education
ISBN: 9781920846275
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200) > Curriculum and Pedagogy Theory and Development (130202)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200) > Mathematics and Numeracy Curriculum and Pedagogy (130208)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200) > Science Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy (130212)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Curriculum
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
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Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 [please consult the authors]
Deposited On: 19 Jan 2015 00:39
Last Modified: 23 Jan 2015 13:04

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