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Improving primary mathematics teaching and learning

Improving primary mathematics teaching and learning

McAteer, Mary

This book stems from the authors' shared passion for primary mathematics teaching and offers an exploration of contemporary issues facing teachers. Drawing on research and case studies from practice, the book explores a wide range of concepts as starting points for professional reflection and personal development to improve teaching and learning in primary mathematics. Topics covered include: Using children's mathematical misconceptions to support teaching and learning The role of talk in developing mathematical understanding Evidence-based teaching and learning Making mathematics real and purposeful beyond the classroom The role of games in teaching and learning mathematics ICT and mathematicsThe book illustrates the ways in which professional development that is rooted in practitioner inquiry and research enables teachers to advance their practice, resulting in improved outcomes for their pupils. Improving Primary Mathematics Teaching and Learning is appropriate for teachers undertaking professional development programmes (e.g. MaST, MA programmes), trainee teachers and staff on those programmes, both local authority and independent. Contributors: Mike Askew, Sue Bailey, Elizabeth Carruthers, Victoria Grinyer, Alice Hansen, Lynne McClure, Effie Maclellan, Suzan Nelson, Carol Rushworth-Little, Steve Sherer, Ian Thompson, Vivien Townsend, Maulfry Worthington. "In this book Mary McAteer brings together contributors with a wealth of experience in research and practice. The way in which practical and theoretical perspectives are brought to life with case studies and examples make it a highly readable text and every chapter adds new insights into children's mathematics learning." Dr Julia Anghileri, University of Cambridge (retired)

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Published Maidenhead: Open University Press, 2012
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Statement of responsibility: edited by Mary McAteer
ISBN: 033524677X, 9780335246762, 9780335246779
Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Physical Description: x, 259 p. : ill.
Subject: Primary education; Mathematics Study and teaching (Elementary); Mathematics education
Reproduction: Electronic reproduction. Dawson Books. Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Other formats: Also available in printed form.


  1. List of contributorsAcknowledgements
  2. IntroductionPart 1: Primary mathematics teaching today
  3. Primary mathematics teaching today: Introduction and context
  4. Part 2: Teaching and learning in primary mathematics
  5. Using children's mathematical misconceptions to support teaching and learningChildren becoming expert symbol usersICT and mathematicsPlaying with pedagogy: The role of games in the teaching and learning of mathematicsThinking beyond the classroom: Making mathematics real and purposefulLearning difficulties in mathematicsHighly able children in ordinary classroomsTalk: The key to mathematical understanding?
  6. Part 3: Developing practice in primary mathematics teaching
  7. Evidence-based mathematics teaching and learningAre the children thinking mathematically? The pedagogy of children's mathematical graphicsTeaching mathematics: Self-knowledge, pupil knowledge and content knowledgeTransforming primary mathematics teaching through professional development
  8. Index

Author note

Mary McAteer is Director for the Mathematics Specialist Teacher (MaST) programme at Edge Hill University, UK, having previously worked for over 30 years as a school teacher and primary maths, science and technology consultant.