Taking Advantage of Incidental School Events to Engage with the Applications of Mathematics: The Case of Surviving the Reconstruction

  • Vince GeigerEmail author
  • Merrilyn Goos
  • Shelley Dole
Part of the International Perspectives on the Teaching and Learning of Mathematical Modelling book series (IPTL)


This paper reports on one aspect of a 2 year research and development project aimed at enhancing primary and secondary teachers’ instructional practices in numeracy. The project made use of Goos’ model of numeracy as a basis for assisting teachers to plan for teaching and also to reflect upon the effectiveness of their practice. As part of the project, teachers were challenged to develop learning experiences which were relevant to their own students’ lived-in worlds. One teacher took advantage of a major, potentially disruptive, building development within her school to design a sequence of lessons in which students were challenged to adapt to the changes that were associated with the construction. The chapter concludes by discussing the changes to the teacher’s disposition towards incorporating events from the students’ lived-in worlds into her teaching practice.


Mathematics Education Mathematical Knowledge Secondary Teacher Tour Guide Critical Orientation 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Education QLD | Faculty of EducationAustralian Catholic UniversityBrisbaneAustralia
  2. 2.School of EducationThe University of QueenslandSt LuciaAustralia

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