Teaching Mathematics in Primary Schools

By Robyn Zevenbergen; Shelley Dole et al. | Go to book overview

'Primary teachers need support in improving their mathematical thinking and knowledge, and in their planning for their pupils' learning, set in the context of the 21st century and in the wealth of research from around the world. This book does all of that. What is more, it does it in a manner that speaks to and with teachers, not at or down to them. With clear explanations, plenty of examples and many references, this book should be required reading for all teachers and student teachers of primary mathematics. '

Steve Lerman, Professor of Mathematics Education at London South Bank University, UK

'This important new book is full of good ideas for maths teachers at all levels. It tackles some of the most important issues in mathematics education today and draws from research to offer practical solutions. This is a must read for maths teachers worldwide. '

Associate Professor Jo Boaler, Stanford University, USA

'It is refreshing to find a “methods” text where there is clear recognition that teaching mathematics in the primary school is about children as well as their learning of mathematics. The book has a distinctive charm in sensitizing teachers to dispositions that are critical to children's learning: dealing with diversity in children's thinking, recognizing differences between home and school mathematics, seizing opportunities to incorporate technology, and being aware of the challenges children face with mathematical language. Each of these critical aspects is examined up front so that it permeates the subsequent discussion on the planning, teaching and assessment of various aspects of mathematics such as problem solving, number, algebraic thinking, space and measurement, and chance and data. These discussions are given a sense of authenticity and vitality by regular reference to relevant research findings. This is not a book that relies solely on “the wisdom of the profession”, which is a wisdom that has often been found wanting in the past. '

Graham A. Jones, Emeritus Professor, Griffith University, Australia, and Illinois State University, USA

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  • Title Page *
  • Foreword v
  • Contents vii
  • About This Book xi
  • About the Authors xiii
  • Chapter 1 - The Changing Face of Primary Mathematics 1
  • Further Reading *
  • References *
  • Chapter 2 - Theoretical Foundations for Contemporary Mathematics Education 21
  • Further Reading *
  • References *
  • Chapter 3 - Language and Mathematics 33
  • Further Reading *
  • References *
  • Chapter 4 - Diversity and Equity 47
  • Further Reading *
  • References *
  • Chapter 5 - Planning for Teaching 63
  • Further Reading *
  • References *
  • Chapter 6 - Assessment 79
  • Further Reading *
  • References 105
  • Chapter 7 - Working Mathematically 106
  • Further Reading *
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  • Chapter 8 - Early Number 121
  • Further Reading *
  • References 147
  • Chapter 9 - Basic Facts and Mental Computation 149
  • Further Reading 174
  • References *
  • Chapter 10 - Written Algorithms 176
  • Further Reading 196
  • References *
  • Chapter 11 - Rational Number 197
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  • Chapter 12 - Patterns and Algebra 233
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  • Chapter 13 - Measurement 250
  • Further Reading *
  • References 280
  • Chapter 14 - Chance and Data 281
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  • Chapter 15 - Space 310
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  • Index 340
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