From additive to multiplicative thinking: Ideas for teaching

Summary

Multiplicative thinking is a central pillar of mathematical learning in the primary and middle years. It forms the basis for understanding numerous topics such as proportions, patterns, ratios, fractions, and percentages. The development of algebraic thinking also relies on students having developed sound multiplicative thinking. However, the transition from additive thinking to multiplicative thinking is a challenge for many learners in the middle years. However, it is not a simple one-step process. This session will present teaching suggestions and several case studies demonstrating the challenge some learners encounter in transitioning from additive to multiplicative thinking, and how teachers can help students with this. This session will include practical activities and tasks to help move students progressively from additive to multiplicative thinking.

Presenters
Catherine Pearn
Max Stephens
Mayamiko Malola

Session Code Session Date Session Start Session Finish Session Location Places Remaining
D-13 05/12/2019 02:30 pm 03:30 pm La Trobe University, Bundoora OPTION FULL

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