Teaching Mathematics in Primary Schools

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CHAPTER 2
Theoretical
foundations for
contemporary
mathematics
education

Why study theories of learning mathematics?

To be able to plan how to teach mathematics effectively, there needs to be some understanding of how students learn mathematics. A major UK review of effective teachers of numeracy (Askew et al, 1997) has shown that one of the key factors in developing high quality practices and outcomes in numeracy learning is the role of theory. The authors argue that the 'teachers' beliefs and understandings of the mathematics and pedagogical purposes behind particular classroom practices seems to be more important than the forms of practices themselves' (p. 3). It is not the ways in which teachers use particular practices in the classroom (e.g. whole group work, mental maths, direct teaching or other methods) but the beliefs they hold towards their teaching approaches that are critical. The role of theory in underpinning practice is an essential element of quality teaching in mathematics.

By having an idea of how students learn, teachers are better able to plan for and anticipate in particular ways, and to create learning

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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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