Key Concepts in Teaching Primary Mathematics

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  • Copyright: 2007-10-08
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications Ltd
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Covering the key principles and concepts in the teaching and learning of mathematics in elementary schools, this text provides trainee and practicing teachers with a quick and easy reference to what they need to know for their course, and in the classroom. The entries are arranged alphabetically, and each contains a brief definition, followed by an explanation and discussion, practical examples, and annotated suggestions for further reading. Examples of the wide-ranging material include: Anxiety about mathematics; Assessment for Learning; Cognitive conflict; Concept learning; Creativity in mathematics; Differentiation; Equivalence; Explanation; Investigation; Low attainment; Making connections; Meaningful context; Mental calculation; Numeracy; Play as a context for learning mathematics; Problem-solving; Questioning; and Talk.

Table of Contents

The authors
Introductionp. 1
Aims of mathematics teachingp. 3
Algorithmp. 7
Anxiety about mathematicsp. 12
Assessment for learningp. 15
Assessment for teachingp. 19
Cognitive conflictp. 23
Concept learningp. 27
Conservation of quantityp. 32
Constructivismp. 35
Creativity in mathematicsp. 39
Cross-cultural mathematicsp. 44
Cross-curricular mathematicsp. 48
Deductive and inductive reasoningp. 52
Differentiationp. 57
Equivalencep. 62
Errorsp. 66
Explanationp. 70
Gender and mathematicsp. 74
Generalizationp. 79
Giftedness in mathematicsp. 83
Home as a context for numeracyp. 88
Informal calculation methodp. 91
Investigation (enquiry)p. 96
Language difficulties in mathematicsp. 100
Low attainmentp. 105
Making connectionsp. 109
Match and mismatchp. 112
Meaningful contextp. 117
Meaningful learningp. 120
Mental calculationp. 125
Modelling process (representing)p. 129
Numeracyp. 133
Play as a context for learning mathematicsp. 138
Principle learningp. 142
Problem solvingp. 145
Purposeful activityp. 150
Questioningp. 155
Rote learningp. 159
Skill learningp. 162
Talkp. 166
Transformationp. 169
Transitivityp. 173
Using and applying mathematicsp. 176
Referencesp. 181
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