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ERIC Number: EJ1190471
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-Oct
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1571-0068
Shopping for Shoes: Teaching Students to Apply and Interpret Mathematics in the Real World
Sawatzki, Carly; Sullivan, Peter
International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, v16 n7 p1355-1373 Oct 2018
This article reports the findings of classroom research exploring the potential of posing challenging mathematical problems situated in real-world financial contexts to activate mathematical knowledge, skills and reasoning. The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) 2012 mathematical literacy assessment framework (OECD, 2013) provided theoretical framing for the study, which examined the use of a "financial dilemma" titled "Shopping for shoes" in a Year 5/6 composite class in a suburban Australian primary school. The social and mathematical dimensions of the task, together with a particular lesson structure, successfully engaged 10 to 12-year-old students in exploring mathematics through a financial problem-solving experience. The findings reveal that students' notions of friendship and fairness guided the way they "formulated" the problem and "employed" mathematics. Strategies intended to encourage students to "interpret" the alignment and reasonableness of their social and mathematical thinking against the problem context were critical to the lesson.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 5
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Program for International Student Assessment