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Creative Activities in Mathematics

Problem-based maths investigations
ISBN: 9781742862583, 9781742862590, 9781742862606
Author(s): Derek Holton, Cath Pearn, Duncan Symons, Charles Lovitt
Publisher: ACER Press, 2015
SKU code: PG_CAM


Problem-based learning is a powerful alternative to drill-and practice or skills-based learning, especially within Mathematics, but it can be difficult to source rich materials that engage an entire class.

The Creative Activities in Mathematics series provides a wealth of investigations and open-ended active learning activities, designed to engage students with Mathematics and develop their problem solving, collaboration and mathematical skills.

The series consists of:

  • Creative Activities in Mathematics: Book 1 Problem-based maths investigations for lower and middle primary
  • Creative Activities in Mathematics: Book 2 Problem-based maths investigations for upper primary
  • Creative Activities in Mathematics: Book 3 Problem-based maths investigations for lower and middle secondary

The website provides links to additional information and problem-based activities from around the web, along with student materials that can be copied or printed for class use.

Author(s): Derek Holton, Cath Pearn, Duncan Symons, Charles Lovitt
About the Author(s):

Derek Holton trained as a secondary teacher but has spent most of his life as an academic, doing research in combinatorics and various aspects of mathematics education, including problem solving. However, he has never lost his interest in trying to show students what he enjoys about mathematics. For almost 25 years he worked in New Zealand, where he was part of the group that prepared students to take part in the International Mathematical Olympiad. An Honorary Professor at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education, Derek is now retired but still works with students and teachers at every opportunity.

Cath Pearn is a Senior Research Fellow in the ACER Institute. In this role she has written, delivered and reviewed programs for Australian primary and secondary classroom teachers. As a lecturer in Mathematics Education at the University of Melbourne, Cath teaches early childhood, primary, secondary and special education students at postgraduate level. She has had extensive teaching experience in primary schools and tutored secondary students across a range of mathematics subjects. Cath has been involved in research projects investigating how students learn mathematics at the early childhood, primary, secondary and tertiary levels, particularly students mathematically ‘at risk’.

Duncan Symons is a Lecturer of Science and Mathematics Education at the University of Melbourne. His research interests include inquiry-based and investigative approaches to mathematics education in the primary years. He is also interested in how mathematics can be embedded within the broader curriculum.

He currently facilitates a program for Teacher Candidates at the University of Melbourne that focuses on the adoption and promotion of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) as a means to achieve integration.

Charles Lovitt has directed several Australian national and state projects such as Mathematics Curriculum and Teaching Program (MCTP) and Initiative 5.4 for Maths and Science. He was Director of Maths Projects for the Australian Curriculum Corporation and generated such projects as The Maths Task Centre Project, the Chance and Data project and more recently the Maths300 project. He is now a consultant and a regular keynote and workshop presenter, both in Australia and abroad.