A Learning Progression for Multiplicative Thinking

October 4, 2020

Growing Mathematically is an initiative that supports and promotes the use of learning progressions, formative assessment and targeted teaching as effective teaching strategies for mathematics.

The current project applies Growing Mathematically to multiplicative thinking skills. The aims of the project are to provide:

  • An up-to-date and evidence-based learning progression (Learning and Assessment Framework, LAF) that describes the stages of development of multiplicative thinking skills
  • A mapping of the LAF to the Australian Curriculum: Mathematics
  • Validated assessments for teachers to locate their students on the LAF
  • Teaching advice and targeted teaching tasks that help teachers progress their students from one LAF level to the next
  • Background and research information

The project is currently in a trial phase. All the relevant documentation, including a comprehensive Teacher’s Manual, is available at the AAMT maths education resources site.

At the end of the trial process, AAMT will publish the finalised materials.


We would like to acknowledge funding from the Australian Federal Government, Department of Education, Skills and Employment, for the Growing Mathematically: Multiplicative Thinking project.

The current work builds on previous projects: Scaffolding Numeracy in the Middle Years and Reframing Mathematical Future II (RMIT).

The work is led by Emerita Professor Di Siemon, Associate Professor Rosemary Callingham and Lorraine Day. The project has been supported by Will Morony (former CEO AAMT) and Rachael Whitney-Smith (ACARA).

For further information about Growing Mathematically, click here.