Foundations of Primary Mathematics Education: An Introduction to Curriculum, Pedagogy and Content
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 te... read full description below.
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||24 January 2019 by Allen & Unwin
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||By West, John
By Budgen, Fiona
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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, worked examples and using clear and friendly language throughout, this is the essential introduction for students wanting to embark with confidence and enthusiasm in the teaching of primary mathematics. '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.' Geoff Hilton, University of Queensland
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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.