A rich assessment task as a window into students’ multiplicative reasoning

Ann Downton, Vince Wright

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    Abstract

    This study explored the potential of a rich assessment task to reveal students’ multiplicative thinking in respect to a hypothetical learning trajectory. Thirty pairs of students in grades 5 and 6 attempted the task. Twenty-two pairs applied multiplicative structure to find the number of items in arrays. However counting and computational errors resulted in a success rate of less than 50%. The rich task provided valuable data about students’ strategic choices and their need to develop computational fluency.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationOpening up mathematics education research
    Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 39th annual conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia
    EditorsBruce White, Mohan Chinnappan, Sven Trenholm
    Place of PublicationAdelaide SA Australia
    PublisherMathematics Education Research Group of Australasia
    Pages188-195
    Number of pages8
    ISBN (Print)9781920846299
    Publication statusPublished - 2016
    EventAnnual conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia 2016 - Adelaide, Australia
    Duration: 3 Jul 20167 Jul 2016
    Conference number: 39th
    https://www.merga.net.au/Public/Public/Publications/Annual_Conference_Proceedings/2016_MERGA_Conference_Proceedings.aspx (Proceedings)

    Conference

    ConferenceAnnual conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia 2016
    Abbreviated titleMERGA 2016
    Country/TerritoryAustralia
    CityAdelaide
    Period3/07/167/07/16
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