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Free-response tasks in primary mathematics: A window on students’ thinking

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posted on 12.07.2018 by Jodie Hunter, Ian Jones
We administered specially-designed, free-response mathematics tasks to primary students (N = 583, ages five to 12 years old). Our focus was on whether (i) the children’s responses could be reliably assessed, and (ii) the responses could provide insights into children’s mathematical thinking. We used a contemporary comparative judgement technique, interviews with four teachers, and analysed a sample of six responses to make inferences about the students’ mathematical thinking. We found that the sampled responses’ scores, interviewees’ comments and qualitative features of the sampled responses led to consistent insights on the children’s mathematical thinking. We argue that free-response tasks should supplement traditional assessments in primary mathematics.
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  • Mathematics Education Centre

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Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia Proceedings of the 41st annual conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia

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41

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400 - 407 (8)

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HUNTER, J. and JONES, I., 2018. Free-response tasks in primary mathematics: A window on students’ thinking. IN: Hunter, J., Perger, P., and Darragh, L. (eds.) Making waves, opening spaces: Proceedings of the 41st annual conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia. Auckland: MERGA, pp. 400-407.

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This work is made available according to the conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) licence. Full details of this licence are available at: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/

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01/07/2018

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2018

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This paper was presented at the MERGA 41st Conference 2018 held at Massey University Albany, Auckland New Zealand on July 1-5th. This paper is reproduced with permission of the conference organiser.

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en

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Auckland, New Zealand

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