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Reflective Primary Mathematics
A guide for student teachers
`This original book shows the crucial importance of personal philosophies of mathematics. Using current research it guides us to reflect on our attitudes and beliefs. Essential reading for anybody interested in mathematics and its teaching.'
Paul Ernest, Emeritus Professor of Mathematics Education, University of Exeter
Teaching mathematics can be challenging, and returning to a mathematics classroom yourself may not inspire you with confidence.
This book can help you to become an assured teacher who can give young learners the high quality mathematics education that they deserve, by exploring the philosophy that lies behind good mathematics teaching and its application in the classroom.
Throughout the book you are encouraged to put your own thoughts on mathematics learning and teaching under the microscope and examine your perceptions and understanding in order to develop as a critically reflective teacher, aware of potential challenges and what underpins effective mathematics teaching in primary schools.
* developing your own philosophy towards mathematics teaching
* understanding links between confidence and learning
* the importance of subject knowledge
* common beliefs and attitudes among mathematics learners
* how to develop your relationship with the subject.
This is essential reading for all students studying primary mathematics on initial teacher education courses, including undergraduate (BEd, BA with QTS), postgraduate (PGCE, School Direct, SCITT, Teach First) and NQTs.
Elizabeth Jackson has over thirty years' experience of mathematics education through primary and secondary school teaching, lecturing in initial teacher education and supervising mathematics Master's dissertations, as well as conducting research into mathematics and writing.
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Given that so often I talk with adults (including those teaching primary maths) and one of the first things they say to me is that they "can't do maths," or "hated maths in school," the ideas in this book are crucial to providing a positive, effective mathematics experience for our pupils. T
This is an incredibly useful book for anyone teaching primary maths, but especially for someone who is new to teaching maths or who soon will be teaching maths. It might even be a good book to keep on hand in case teaching assignments change unexpectedly! -- Matthew Reames This original book shows the crucial importance of personal philosophies of mathematics. Using current research it guides us to reflect on our attitudes and beliefs. Essential reading for anybody interested in mathematics and its teaching. -- Paul Ernest