Teaching with challenging tasks in the first years of school: what are the obstacles and how can teachers overcome them?

James Russo, Janette Bobis, Ann Downton, Sally Hughes, Sharyn Livy, Melody McCormick, Peter Sullivan

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This article reports on a project which involved introducing challenging tasks in the early years’ classrooms of twenty Victorian primary schools. The obstacles teachers encountered and how they overcame those obstacles are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)11-18
Number of pages8
JournalAustralian Primary Mathematics Classroom
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2019


  • Mathematics Education
  • Challenging Tasks
  • Learning sequences
  • Productive struggle
  • Differentiation
  • Problem Solving
  • Task-First Approach
  • Primary mathematics
  • Teacher beliefs
  • teacher attitudes
  • Pedagogical Content Knowledge
  • Early year's education

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