Thinking about measurement

From OER in Education
How big is it? Thinking about measurement

Pedagogical content. This module introduces the uses and limitations of measuring size, as well as giving a taste of using distance learning(i) materials for higher education. This resource can serve as a useful revision of various measures, while providing helpful insight into active learning techniques, use of real life examples, the importance of technical language, and the importance of study skills(topic) (such as use of dictionaries, indexes, representation of information, etc.). (edit)

Resource details
Title Thinking about measurement
Topic [[Topics/Measuring|Measuring]],  [[Topics/Study skills|Study skills]]
Teaching approach

[[Teaching Approaches/|]]

Learning Objectives

Students should understand that:

  • a variety of measurements and units are used in everyday life to describe quantities and to express relationships,
  • there is almost universal acceptance of a single, linked system of standard units (the SI system) for use in science and technology,
  • various strategies can be used to help them learn from written text and audio cassettes.

Students should be more able to:

  • use a variety of approaches and tactics when dealing with study materials, including: -skimming, to obtain an overview and help them plan their study,
  • scan, to identify important ideas,
  • making brief notes to help them clarify their own thoughts,
  • summarizing to help them reflect on and record what they have learnt.
Format / structure

[[Resources/Maths|Maths]],  [[Resources/Teacher Education|Teacher Education]],  [[Resources/Science|Science]]

Age of students / grade

[[Resources/Secondary|Secondary]],  [[Resources/Primary|Primary]],  [[Resources/Higher|Higher]]

Table of contents


  • Before you start
  • Chapter 1: Getting started
  • Chapter 2: In the kitchen
  • Chapter 3: On the road
  • Chapter 4: In the factory
  • Chapter 5: In the natural world
  • Chapter 6: Conclusions
  • References
  • Acknowledgements
Useful information

Part of the Breakthrough to Mathematics, Science and Technology Series.