Thomas, M., McDonough, A. M, Clarkson, P. & Clarke, DM. (2016). Time: Assessing understanding of core ideas. B. White, M. Chinnappan, S. Trenholm. Opening Up Mathematics Education: Research Proceedings of the 39th Annual Conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia 600-607. Australia: Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia.
Although an understanding of time is crucial in our society, curriculum documents have an undue emphasis on reading time and little emphasis on core underlying ideas. Given this context, a one-to-one assessment interview, based on a new framework, was developed and administered to investigate students’ understanding of core ideas undergirding the notion of time: succession, duration and measurement. This paper reports on the development and implementation of the interview and initial results for Year 3/4 students.
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