The impact of whole school professional learning on students’ multiplicative thinking

Ann Downton, Kerry Giumelli, Barbara McHugh, Tammy Roosen, Nadine Meredith, Geraldine Caleta, Melissa King, Kathryn Salkeld, Paul Stenning

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Abstract

The complex nature of multiplicative thinking can be challenging for students and teachers to navigate. We report on the impact on student learning of school-based professional learning that targeted teachers’ pedagogical content knowledge related to Multiplicative Thinking. Analysis of Year 4 students’ longitudinal data indicated greater growth over time in schools involved in the learning than in non-participating schools. Six schools that received additional classroom support from teaching educators, showed the greatest growth over time. These findings suggest that school-based professional learning which includes a coaching component impacts on knowledge and practice, and subsequent student learning.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMathematics Education Research: Impacting Practice
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 42nd annual conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia
EditorsGregory Hine, Susan Blackley, Audrey Cooke
Place of PublicationAdelaide SA Australia
PublisherMathematics Education Research Group of Australasia
Pages228-235
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 2019

Keywords

  • Mathematics Education
  • Multiplicative thinking
  • Professional learning
  • student thinking

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Downton, A., Giumelli, K., McHugh, B., Roosen, T., Meredith, N., Caleta, G., ... Stenning, P. (2019). The impact of whole school professional learning on students’ multiplicative thinking. In G. Hine, S. Blackley, & A. Cooke (Eds.), Mathematics Education Research: Impacting Practice: Proceedings of the 42nd annual conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia (pp. 228-235). Adelaide SA Australia: Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia.