The interview in Mathematics Education: The case of mental computation

Year: 2002

Author: Heirdsfield, Ann

Type of paper: Refereed paper

Use of clinical interview is becoming a significant aspect of many numeracy projects. It is important for teachers to identify children's understanding and misconceptions at all stages in the learning cycle, and the clinical interview appears to be an appropriate technique for gathering information on children's thinking. This paper explores the development of a conceptual framework used as a basis for an investigation into cognitive aspects associated with mental computation. Examples of tasks from clinical interviews which were based on this conceptual framework are described.