Teaching Mathematics in Primary Schools

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

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This book has been designed to present preservice and practising teachers with the most current methods of teaching mathematics to primary school students, drawing on significant bodies of contemporary research as the foundation for a book that aims to move teaching mathematics into the new millennium. While not always making it explicit, the authors have also drawn on the common wisdom of the field. Much of this wisdom is no longer published, having become part of the everyday practice of teaching mathematics. It is not our intention to endorse a particular approach; rather it is to alert readers to the different ways in which good teaching of mathematics can occur.

The introductory chapters are designed to provide an overview of the key issues that impact on the teaching of mathematics in primary schools, and are followed by several chapters related to planning and assessment. The remainder of the book focuses on the teaching of particular content areas. Underpinning these chapters is the intention to draw on commonly used techniques and approaches coupled with more recent developments, particularly those arising from the use of technology.

The wider social movements today impacting on educational reforms have been incorporated into our approach to provide preservice teachers with a sense of the current debates within the field of mathematics education; we have counterbalanced them with the common wisdom of the field. This is particularly evident in two areas.

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Table of contents

  • 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 *
  • References *
  • 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
  • Further Reading *
  • References *
  • Chapter 12 - Patterns and Algebra 233
  • Further Reading *
  • References *
  • 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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  • References *
  • Index 340
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