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Investigating assessment strategies in mathematics classrooms

Herrington, A., Sparrow, R.L., Herrington, J. and Oliver, R. (1997) Investigating assessment strategies in mathematics classrooms. Edith Cowan University. MASTEC, Perth, W.A.

Abstract

The learning experience provided to students in this environment is one where students are given the opportunity to reflect on the appropriate use of assessment strategies in mathematics in much the same way that practising teachers might. Rather than learning a raft of different strategies one by one, and possibly not really knowing when to apply them, students are not given any direct instruction on the various strategies. Instead they are given a realistic problem (there are 5) presented in the form of two documents (such as memos and letters), not unlike being given such a task in real life. The students then, in groups, use a range of resources and personal perspectives provided on the CD-ROM to investigate the task. They then present their findings also in a realistic, if simulated, context, as if they were presenting at a staff meeting or information night for parents. In this way, students can understand that a good knowledge of assessment strategies can be useful within a variety of contexts, and they have a broad range of strategies, beyond the standard pencil and paper test, that they can draw on as teachers of mathematics.

Publication Type: Book
Publisher: Edith Cowan University. MASTEC
Copyright: 1997 Edith Cowan University
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/6933
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