Designing Tasks to Promote and Assess Mathematical Transfer in Primary School Children

Julie Clark, Shaileigh Page, Stephen Thornton

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    Abstract

    This study aims to design learning situations and tasks that promote and assess the capacity of primary school children to transfer mathematical knowledge to new contexts. We discuss previous studies investigating mathematical transfer, and particularly the strengths and limitations of tasks used to assess transfer in these studies. We describe some pilot tasks that were used with upper primary children and provide some responses to teacher prompts. We describe some design principles for the construction of tasks and an associated categorisation of prompts that might be used as the basis of further research into mathematical transfer.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationMathematics Education
    Subtitle of host publicationYesterday, Today and Tomorrow: Proceedings of the 36th annual conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia (MERGA)
    EditorsV Steinle, L Ball, C Bardini
    Place of PublicationMelbourne, Australia
    PublisherMathematics Education Research Group of Australasia
    Pages194-201
    Number of pages8
    Volume1
    ISBN (Print)978-0-7340-4844-8
    Publication statusPublished - 2013
    EventMathematics Education: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow: 36th annual conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia - Melbourne, Australia
    Duration: 7 Jul 201311 Jul 2013

    Conference

    ConferenceMathematics Education: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow: 36th annual conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia
    Period7/07/1311/07/13

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    Clark, J., Page, S., & Thornton, S. (2013). Designing Tasks to Promote and Assess Mathematical Transfer in Primary School Children. In V. Steinle, L. Ball, & C. Bardini (Eds.), Mathematics Education: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow: Proceedings of the 36th annual conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia (MERGA) (Vol. 1, pp. 194-201). Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia.