Academic journal article Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom

Editorial

Academic journal article Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom

Editorial

Article excerpt

Welcome to the third issue of APMC for 2008. Having just returned from Mexico and the 11th International Congress on Mathematics Education (ICME 11), our heads are buzzing with ideas and questions. We hope that this issue will get your heads buzzing too--and those of your students! Mathematical thinking and ways in which teachers can assist their students to engage with mathematics in order to deepen their insights into the subject is a strong theme of the articles in this issue.

The first two articles, by Janette Bobis, and Joanne Mulligan and her colleagues, focus on key mathematical ideas for the early years of schooling. Janette links early spatial thinking to the development of number sense and provides a number of activities that capitalise on children's spatial abilities in such a way that they develop rich ideas about the nature of numbers and the tools for working with them flexibly. Joanne and colleagues similarly focus on ideas that are fundamental to the nature of mathematics in their description of the results of a program designed to draw young children's attention to the crucial ideas of mathematical pattern and structure.

Rosemary Callingham's article is timely in view of the recent release of AAMT's Position Paper on Assessment (available at www.aamt.edu.au). She urges teachers to remember that, beyond all the technical and administrative demands that they face in relation to assessment, the fundamental goal is the improvement of students' learning. …

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