Connecting social and mathematical thinking: The use of "real life" contexts

Carly Sawatzki

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This paper reports the findings of research into an educational intervention featuring openended mathematical problems situated in “real life” contexts and associated pedagogies. “Money and financial mathematics” is the topic in focus, with tasks termed “financial dilemmas” being trialled by 35 teachers in 16 Victorian primary schools. Drawing on the teachers’ reactions to one task, “Catching a taxi,” the strengths, challenges, and complexities associated with creating and/or selecting meaningful “real life” contexts for mathematics teaching and learning are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCurriculum in Focus: Research Guided Practice: Proceedings of the 37th Annual Conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia
EditorsJudy Anderson, Michael Cavanagh, Anne Prescott
PublisherMathematics Education Research Group of Australasia Incorporated
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 2014


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