The ability to problem solve is a life skill that many of us employ in varied situations in our daily life. Many schools endeavor to provide students with opportunities to develop this skill. Red Cliffs East Primary School and Red Cliffs Secondary College are working together on an Australian School Innovation in Science, Technology and Mathematics (ASISTM - a federal Government initiative) project called Learning Worth Bottling. The project is providing learning experiences for middle years (Years 5-8) students that require them to draw on their mathematical knowledge and understandings, to solve problems that occur in the local fruit and wine industry. The location for the problem solving and learning is Deakin Estate Winery. This article will provide an outline of the project and what has been achieved so far.
The article reports on additional data collected during interviews for a project investigating the different ways rate may be experience by pre-calculus students. It evaluates the participants' understanding in a specific rate context. Insights into perceptions of rate in several different representations were provided by detailed analysis of the video record of each participant's interview. The article also presents the Victorian Essential Learning Standards (VELS) expectations with respect to the concept of rate.