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Making connections to prior learning and experience

To make sense of a new concept or skill, students need to be able to integrate new learning to their existing mathematical and statistical understandings in a variety of ways.

Examples of actions that teachers can take to make connections to prior learning and experiences:

  • using the P-K theory teaching model – using imaging to link materials and generalisations
  • checking prior knowledge using a variety of diagnostic strategies
  • encouraging students to write stories for mathematical models
  • providing learning experiences which develop relational understanding (Skemp, 1976) of mathematics and statistics
  • providing real-life problems in which the context is relevant to the student.

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Last updated September 5, 2018