What does it mean for an instructional task to be effective?

Hodge, Lynn, Visnovska, Jana, Zhao, Qing and Cobb, Paul (2007). What does it mean for an instructional task to be effective?. In: Jane Watson and Kim Beswick, Proceedings of the 30th annual conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia. 30th Annual Meeting of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia (MERGA), Hobart, TAS, Australia, (392-401). 2-6 July 2007.

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Author Hodge, Lynn
Visnovska, Jana
Zhao, Qing
Cobb, Paul
Title of paper What does it mean for an instructional task to be effective?
Conference name 30th Annual Meeting of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia (MERGA)
Conference location Hobart, TAS, Australia
Conference dates 2-6 July 2007
Proceedings title Proceedings of the 30th annual conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia
Place of Publication Adelaide, South Australia
Publisher MERGA
Publication Year 2007
Sub-type Fully published paper
ISBN 9781920846138
Editor Jane Watson
Kim Beswick
Volume 1
Start page 392
End page 401
Total pages 10
Language eng
Abstract/Summary In this paper we discuss the considerations and challenges in designing instructional tasks that support both students’ mathematical engagement and their developing mathematical competence. We draw on Dewey’s work and take the perspective that cultivating students’ content-related interests should be an instructional goal in their own right rather than solely serving the instrumental purpose of supporting students’ conceptual understanding. We reflect on our learning from two classroom design experiments to offer illustrations of issues related to supporting students’ interests. We offer these llustrations, not as exemplary cases, but instead, as points of reflection and discussion. In this paper, we focus specifically on instructional tasks by presenting a retrospective analysis on the role of tasks in supporting students’ interests and access to important content ideas.
Q-Index Code E1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ
Additional Notes Volume 1: Mathematics: Essential Research, Essential Practice.

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