Teaching number by building on students’ strengths: An investigation in remote Australian schools

Teaching number by building on students’ strengths: An investigation in remote Australian schools Conference Paper

AARE 2010 International Education Research Conference: Making a Difference

  • Author(s): Sullivan, Peter, Grootenboer, Peter
  • Published: 2010

Abstract: It is widely accepted that teaching should build on what students already know and understand. In this study, 42 Aboriginal children in Grades 3 to 6 were posed a series of related questions on addition and subtraction. The question items were posed in a one-on-one interview situation both in the context of money and with just numbers. The data revealed an alignment between the students’ capacity to work with money and to work with numbers. This implies that money may be a useful context for beginning the development of number understanding and fluency in remote Indigenous contexts.

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Sullivan, Peter, Grootenboer, Peter, 2010, Teaching number by building on students’ strengths: An investigation in remote Australian schools, Conference Paper, viewed 22 June 2024, https://www.nintione.com.au/?p=13130.

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