Powerful pedagogical actions in mathematics education

Ann Gervasoni, Roberta Hunter, Brenda Bicknell, Matthew Sexton

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A critical issue for all involved in primary and secondary mathematics education is how to ensure that all students learn mathematics successfully so that at the end of schooling they have the mathematical knowledge, skills, and confidence necessary to fully participate in further learning, employment, community life, and citizenship. This issue focuses attention on pedagogy which is the method or process of teaching, and generally refers to instructional strategies or actions (Ball & Bass, 2000). This chapter provides an overview of Australasian studies that have explored successful pedagogy within the context of mathematics education over the past four years (2008 to 2011). Our purpose is to highlight new insights that contribute to knowledge about what constitutes successful mathematics pedagogy for all students, to note any issues or tensions emerging from the findings, to identify any silences in the research agenda, and to recommend areas for future research.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationResearch in Mathematics Education in Australasia 2008-2011
EditorsBob Perry, Tom Lowrie, Tracy Logan, Amy MacDonald, Jane Greenlees
Place of PublicationThe Netherlands
PublisherSense Publishers
Number of pages26
ISBN (Electronic)978-94-6091-970-1
ISBN (Print)9789460919701
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • Learning environments
  • Pedagogical actions
  • Schooling

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