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Fractions

“Oh no! Not fractions!” The anxiety that students (and teachers) experience with this core mathematical topic prompted the editors to bring together research on the teaching and learning of fractions.

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reSolve: Mathematics by Inquiry is a bold national program to promote innovative and engaging approaches to the teaching and learning of mathematics in Australian schools.

It is managed by the Australian Academy of Science in collaboration with the Australian Association of Mathematics Teachers and funded by the Australian Government Department of Education.

The project is a component in the National STEM School Education Strategy 2016–2026. It furthers the goals of ensuring all students finish school with strong knowledge in mathematics and ensuring students are inspired and equipped to take on more challenging STEM subjects, including intermediate and advanced mathematics in the senior school.

There are three elements of the reSolve project: teaching resourcesprofessional resources, and the reSolve Champions

Classrooms using reSolve resources and approaches to inquiry foster mathematics learning through engaging activities that are meaningful to the students and support the development of both content and all four of the Proficiencies in the Australian Curriculum: Mathematics (fluency, reasoning, understanding and problem solving). 

They are learning environments in which students are challenged and supported to build their knowledge by taking risks, and by exploring and discussing their ideas. 

There are over 300 reSolve Champions across Australia. They are predominantly teachers and others based in schools, but there are also Champions who are officers of education authorities, principals and teacher educators.

The teachers who are Champions are diverse – working in different school locations, sectors and contexts, some experienced and others in the early stage of their career; teachers with backgrounds in mathematics and expertise in its teaching and teachers without formal qualifications for teaching mathematics (e.g. primary ‘generalists’, ‘out of field’ secondary). 

All have a commitment to better mathematics outcomes for their students, and to working with colleagues in and beyond their school in mathematics. Their diversity brings different perspectives and strengths to the group of Champions able to reflect and connect with the population of teachers of mathematics in Australia’s schools.