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Zero is not a number : Teachable moments and their role in effective teaching of numeracy


Muir, T, Zero is not a number : Teachable moments and their role in effective teaching of numeracy, Proceedings of the 31st annual conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia, July 2008, Brisbane Australia, pp. 361-367. ISBN 978-1-920846-17-6 (2008) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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This paper reports on the use of "teachable moments" and the role they play in effective teaching of numeracy. Transcripts from three case study teachersí numeracy lessons were examined to identify teachable moments; qualitative descriptions illustrate the nature of these teachable moments and their potential to enhance studentsí understanding. It was found that teachers "missed" teachable moments, incorporated them into the discourse or actively ignored them. The findings indicate that teachers need to identify when to act upon teachable moments to avoid the likelihood of students forming misconceptions about important mathematical concepts.

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Item Type:Refereed Conference Paper
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Education systems
Research Field:Education systems not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Teaching and curriculum
Objective Field:Pedagogy
UTAS Author:Muir, T (Associate Professor Tracey Muir)
ID Code:52788
Year Published:2008
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2008-08-01
Last Modified:2013-08-20
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