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Low Attainers in Primary Mathematics : The Whisperers and the Maths Fairy - Jenny Houssart

Low Attainers in Primary Mathematics

The Whisperers and the Maths Fairy

Hardcover Published: 17th June 2004
ISBN: 9780415315531
Number Of Pages: 181

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In this fascinating book, Jenny Houssart draws on close observations with children in lower mathematics sets in primary schools to investigate why some children opt out of mathematics at an early age. After introducing us to the children, she addresses a particular type of mathematical task in each chapter, including:

  • mental work

  • practical work

  • written work

  • calculators and computers

  • assessment tasks.

Through the use of stories and quotes, the author shows how the children respond to specific tasks and presents evidence of a range of difficulties that emerge as the children are working. Each chapter ends with discussions and implications for classroom practice.

Low Attainers in Primary Mathematics will be a useful resource for primary teachers, student teachers, SENCOs and teaching assistants who will all recognise these children from their own classrooms and draw insights from this highly readable book.

Introduction: Setting the Scene
The Children
Maths Talk
Mental Work
Number Equipment
Practical Work
Written Work
Calculators and Computers
Easy Tasks, Hard Tasks, Elastic Tasks
Assessment Tasks
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ISBN: 9780415315531
ISBN-10: 0415315530
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 181
Published: 17th June 2004
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.44 x 16.46  x 1.58
Weight (kg): 0.34
Edition Number: 1