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Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia, Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia (MERGA) (36th, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 2013)

New Zealand and Australian curricula require students to learn about weight/mass for at least six years. However, little research identifies what should be taught. This study reports cognitive interviews with 17 Year 9 students who were asked "how heavy is my rock?" Only one student demonstrated some understanding of how to use analogue kitchen scales, most had multiple errors. Results suggest that teachers would benefit from better guidance about teaching the skill set needed for such a task.

Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Mathematics Instruction, Mathematical Concepts, Interviews, Adolescents, Secondary School Students, Measurement, Skill Development, Mathematics Skills, Measurement Equipment, Knowledge Level

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Author: Drake, Michael

Source: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=3222&id=ED572845







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