Phase 2 of the Multiplicative Reasoning project builds on promising results from a range of postgraduate intervention lesson-sequence-based studies (e.g. Dlamini, 2014; Venkat & Askew, 2016; Hansa, 2017). The intervention lesson-sequence content; lesson structure and pedagogic approach are based on Askew’s (2005) ‘Big Books of Word Problems’.
Short sequences of carefully designed, well-structured lessons make a difference to the quality of learning.
Pre- and post-testing (with openings for a ‘delayed’ post-test to check on the extent to which learning is retained beyond the end of the intervention lesson sequence) are used to assess the hypothesis.
Building on the single classes that formed the empirical base of postgraduate studies an initial scale up to a Foundation Phase-wide trial in 9 classes in one Johannesburg primary school led to very positive results from a 4-lesson sequence, with intervention lessons occurring once a week preceded by planning meetings with the teachers/researcher team (Askew & Venkat, 2016).
In 2017, the project was extended to all of the WMC-P partner schools across the InterSen grades (Grades 4-7), including a ‘control’ comparison set of schools through a staggered implementation. The results from this second scaling, once again, indicated promising results.
If you would like to look at the pre- and repeat post-tests that we used, and the ideas and lesson plans associated with the intervention lessons, you can use the links in the blocks below to find the booklets for the grade you are interested in. These materials are available under a Creative Commons License, and can be freely downloaded and shared, as long as you acknowledge where they came from.
If you try out the tests and lessons with your class and would like to share feedback with us on your experiences and your students’ learning, we would love to hear from you! You can contact us by email on: Michael.firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com
Foundation Phase booklets
Grade 4 - 7 booklets
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