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Foundations of Primary Mathematics Education : An introduction to curriculum, pedagogy and content - John West

Foundations of Primary Mathematics Education

An introduction to curriculum, pedagogy and content

Paperback Published: 1st February 2019
ISBN: 9781760529697
Number Of Pages: 264

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An introductory guide for pre-service primary teachers covering the principles of effective pedagogy and explaining the core content of the primary mathematics curriculum.

Many pre-service teachers admit to feeling unsure about the mathematics they will have to teach in primary school. Others comment on the difficulties they have in recognising how the theories of teaching and learning they meet in other parts of their course can be applied when teaching mathematics.

This book begins by outlining some of the key considerations of effective mathematics teaching and learning. These include understanding student motivation, overcoming maths anxiety, developing a positive learning environment and classroom management. The authors also introduce the curriculum, assessment and explore the use of ICT in the maths classroom.

Part 2 outlines in clear and accessible style, the mathematical content knowledge required of a primary teacher. The content extends beyond the primary level to Year Nine of the Australian Curriculum as, while primary teachers may not have to teach this content, knowing it is a key part of being a strong teacher. In addition, the extended range of mathematical content will assist pre-service teachers in meeting the requirements of the LANTITE (that is, the Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education students).

Featuring graphics and worked examples and using clear and friendly language throughout, this is the essential introduction for students wishing to begin teaching primary mathematics with confidence and enthusiasm.

About the Author

Dr John West is a Lecturer in Mathematics Education at Edith Cowan University. He has taught mathematics at primary, secondary and tertiary levels. Dr Fiona Budgen is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Education at Edith Cowan University. She and John have a strong research interest in primary mathematics education and identifying and supporting numeracy needs of first year students.

Industry Reviews

'The writing style is clean and uncomplicated; exactly what my maths education students need. The blend of theories, curriculum, planning, assessment and mathematical content knowledge strikes the balance that is missing in many texts.'
Dr Geoff Hilton, University of Queensland

1 Introduction
Part A: Mathematics Teaching
2 Understanding the Profession
3 Motivation
4 Planning
5 The Learning Environment and Building Relationships
6 The Learning Process
7 Unpacking the Curriculum
8 Assessment and Reporting
9 Using Technology
Part B: Mathematical Knowledge
10 Whole Numbers
11 Fractions
12 Decimals and Percentages
13 Measurement
14 Geometry
15 Patterns and Algebra
16 Statistics
17 Probability
Answers to Exercises

ISBN: 9781760529697
ISBN-10: 1760529699
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 264
Published: 1st February 2019
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.0 x 17.6  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.56
Edition Number: 2

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