Authentic artefacts: Influencing practice and supporting problem solving in the mathematics classroom

Thomas Lowrie

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Abstract

Authentic artefacts (including brochures, menus, bus timetables and photographs) provide opportunities for students to develop skills in knowing when and how to use mathematical knowledge for representing and solving problems in both practical and realistic situations. This paper examines the influence artefacts can have on Grade 5 children's capacity to make sense of scenarios by applying personal knowledge and experiences to the problem context. In this investigation the children routinely modified the problem when they felt that the context was problematic or not realistic. Moreover, the participants revised or extended the problem in ways that made the task considerably more sophisticated and more closely aligned to their perception of authenticity.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMathematics education for the third millenium
Subtitle of host publicationTowards 2010. The 27th annual conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia, MERGA 27
Place of PublicationSydney, Australia
PublisherMERGA, Inc
Pages351-358
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)1920846042
Publication statusPublished - 2004
EventAnnual conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia - Townsville, QLD Australia, Australia
Duration: 27 Jun 200430 Jun 2004

Conference

ConferenceAnnual conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia
CountryAustralia
Period27/06/0430/06/04

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