Developing and Assessing and Algebraic Thinking


In the Upper Primary and Junior Secondary years, the Victorian Curriculum places a strong emphasis on the development of students’ algebraic thinking through their experiences with number patterns and relationships starting in the early years. Other key ideas that support algebraic thinking are equivalence using the four operations, patterns and relationships involving whole numbers, decimals and fractions, and generalisation. This session will present several recently developed assessment instruments that have been used extensively with Victorian students, but also in other Australian states. These assessment tasks draw attention to the importance of fostering and developing students’ algebraic thinking as an essential part of the mathematical Proficiencies of Reasoning and Problem Solving. These tasks can and should be used to guide teaching and learning in regular classrooms to develop and support student’s algebraic thinking, and can also be used for staff professional learning in this important area of the curriculum.

Catherine Pearn
Max Stephens

Session Code Session Date Session Start Session Finish Session Location Places Remaining
G-19 07/12/2018 11:00 am 12:00 pm La Trobe University
I-16 07/12/2018 02:30 pm 03:30 pm La Trobe University


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