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Do Year 9 students need help with fractions and multiplying?

Kathryn C. Irwin amd Kate Niederer

The evaluation of the Numeracy Exploratory Study at Year 9 in secondary schools in 2001 showed that a programme for assessing, teaching, and reassessing numeracy was both necessary and effective for this older age group. Students had unexpected difficulties with multiplicative concepts in particular. After a carefully graded assessment, related to specific teaching suggestions for meeting students’ needs, teachers took different steps to address these needs.

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