Teaching Mathematics in Primary Schools

Principles for effective practice

Robyn Jorgensen, Shelley Dole and Kevin Larkin
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A concise and accessible guide to pedagogy and practice for pre-service teachers

Since its first publication, this book has established a strong reputation for its valuable insights into the evidence-based approaches to effectively teach primary mathematics and the practical theory behind those teaching strategies. Based on the latest international research, the expert authors focus on learning outcomes and the general principles that underlie educational practices rather than any specific curriculum. Current approaches to mathematics education are explained and critiqued, and insights into why some students have difficulties with mathematics are provided. Teachers are shown how to encourage their students to develop deep learning in mathematics, and to relate mathematics to the rest of the curriculum.

The book first examines the philosophy behind mathematics and its impact on curriculum design, the history of learning outcomes, and theories on how students learn mathematics. The key areas of mathematics teaching are then outlined in detail: number, probability and statistics, measurement, geometry, and algebra. In each area, the emphasis is on problem-solving. Finally, practical classroom issues are discussed such as the trend towards developing students' capacity to think mathematically, broad approaches to teaching mathematics, planning for a whole school approach to mathematics, diversity and access, and assessment, reporting and evaluation. A new focus on numeracy and the integration of digital technologies to enhance mathematics education have been incorporated in this edition.

Featuring practical activities that can be implemented in the classroom, together with diagram, graphs and other visual aids, this book is an invaluable resource for university lecturers as well as pre-service and in-service teachers.

Author bio:

Robyn Jorgensen is an internationally renowned educational researcher. Her work has strongly emphasised how the practices in school mathematics work to support or exclude particular groups of people in society. More recently, she has been working in remote Indigenous communities, rural and farming communities and low SES communities. Shelley Dole is Head of School, School of Education, University of the Sunshine Coast. Over the 25 years she has been in education, she has taught in primary, secondary and tertiary teaching institutions throughout Australia. Kevin Larkin is a senior lecturer in Mathematics Education at Griffith University with over 30 years' teaching experience. Kevin is well established in the field of mathematics education in the use of digital technologies to enhance learning.

Category: Education
ISBN: 9781760529734
Edition No: 3rd
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Imprint: Allen & Unwin
Pub Date: October 2019
Page Extent: 416
Format: Paperback
Subject: Education