The fifth edition of Teaching Primary Mathematics has been significantly revised and updated for the current educational environment.
The organisation of the book has been redesigned to reflect feedback from readers and the approach taken by the Australian Curriculum: Mathematics.
Teaching Primary Mathematics provides teachers and students with a sound framework for the successful teaching of mathematics to primary students. It is suitable both as a core text for primary student teachers and as an indispensable reference for practicing primary teachers seeking to update their knowledge.
Features and Benefits
The text is structured into five sections:
SECTION 1 Mathematics Teaching and Learning
SECTION 2 Number and Algebra
SECTION 3 Measurement and Geometry
SECTION 4 Statistics and Probability
SECTION 5 Implementing Effective Mathematics Learning
Now in COLOUR! The text is beautifully designed and illustrated with graphics, diagrams, equations, games, etc, aiding accessibility and explanation and further enriching the reader with ideas for classroom use.
- Numeration now consists of two separate chapters, one focusing on whole number concepts and processes, the other addressing fraction ideas with an extended treatment of fractions as number lines and proportional reasoning.
- Computation has now been organised into two chapters, one focused on Additive processes, the other on Multiplicative ideas, to highlight the connections and differences among them.
- Algebraic thinking has been expanded to show how materials can be used to lay a foundation for the more formal algebra students will meet in their high school years.
- Measurement, Geometry, and Statistics and Probability have also been expanded and brought together into fully developed sequences that underpin new curriculum emphases.
- Assessment is critical in organising and framing children’s learning of mathematics, so this has now been integrated into the opening chapter where other overarching ideas of language, patterns, and the place of symbols are also discussed in detail.
- Issues in national assessment are highlighted, with examples drawn from across all content areas. Added are suggestions for assisting children to build a capacity to analyse and respond appropriately to the questions posed. Also included is diagnostic assessment of students who find particular aspects of mathematics difficult to learn.
- As Problem Solving is such a critical aspect of a contemporary mathematics program, means of assessing and assisting students problem solving abilities are now incorporated into Chapter 2. Here problem solving is examined in detail.
- A greater range of worked problems have been included. These can be used to develop mathematical abilities and assist with the forms of difficulties encountered by children and teachers.
- Chapters now contain sections on likely difficulties and how they might be addressed.