Weighty matters and dense arguments: CSF versus real experience

Gough, John 2001, Weighty matters and dense arguments: CSF versus real experience, Prime number, vol. 16, no. 2, pp. 10-14.

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Title Weighty matters and dense arguments: CSF versus real experience
Author(s) Gough, John
Journal name Prime number
Volume number 16
Issue number 2
Start page 10
End page 14
Publisher Mathematical Association of Victoria
Place of publication [Parkville, Vic.]
Publication date 2001-06
ISSN 0816-9349
Summary This paper argues that the Victorian Curriculum Standards Framework (CSF II) sequencing is unhelpful for teachers of primary mathematics. 'Density' and 'speed', for example, become sensible concepts for young minds years before the CSF gives them any learning outcome status. While the CSF and its levels of outcomes should not be ignored, they need to be strengthened by teachers who should be guided by the everyday experience of students; teachers should aim to build on students' first hand experiences in real situations. The paper discusses the CSF benchmarks from year 1 to year 6, and provides a number of supermarket investigation learning activities.
Language eng
Field of Research 130208 Mathematics and Numeracy Curriculum and Pedagogy
HERDC Research category C3 Non-refereed articles in a professional journal
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30012511

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