Understanding Mathematics for Young Children: A Guide for Teachers of Children 3-8

Understanding Mathematics for Young Children: A Guide for Teachers of Children 3-8

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Edited by Derek Haylock, Edited by Anne D. Cockburn

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  • Publisher: Sage Publications Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 344 pages
  • Dimensions: 186mm x 230mm x 16mm | 740g
  • Publication date: 17 May 2013
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1446248666
  • ISBN 13: 9781446248669
  • Edition: 4, Revised
  • Edition statement: 4th Revised edition
  • Illustrations note: ill
  • Sales rank: 132,069

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'This book was a delight to read. The mathematical content is excellent and the approach to explaining complex concepts is exceptionally good!' ,-Dr Jennifer Way, University of Sydney 'I'm a really big fan of this book: it is the single most influential text in my experience of working with primary maths teachers in the last 12 years' - Andy Tynemouth, Every Child Counts National Adviser, Edge Hill University 'Every teacher of maths should read this book! It helped me realize why some children are struggling with doing simple word problems' -Amazon reader review In this indispensable book, the authors help teachers understand mathematical concepts and how children come to understand them, and show how to develop your own confidence with mathematical activities. Each chapter of this book includes: - real-life examples and illustrations from children and teachers; - the research behind some of the concepts and teaching approaches discussed; - pauses to reflect and discuss your own mathematical knowledge and experience; - age-appropriate classroom activities to try with your class or group. This is an essential student text and professional reference work for teachers of children aged 3 to 8 years.

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Derek Haylock is an education consultant and writer in the field of mathematics education. He is a Senior Fellow in Education at the University of East Anglia, Norwich, where he worked for over 30 years in primary teacher training and in education research. He is a major author in education, with a large number of published books and chapters in books. His best-selling Mathematics Explained for Primary Teachers (Sage) has been the leader in the field for many years, with a fourth edition published in 2010. Derek's work is characterized by a commitment to explain mathematics in simple and accessible ways and to enable the subject to be taught and learnt with understanding and confidence. He is married, with two grown-up daughters and three grandsons. Outside of mathematics, he is a Free Church elder, plays the trumpet, and is passionate about classical music, cricket, walking (quickly) and cycling (slowly). Derek Haylock has a website at: http://derek-haylock.blogspot.com/ Professor Anne Cockburn is Professor in Early Years' Education. Her research interests focus on mathematics education in the primary school and teacher well being, recruitment and retention. She is currently working on 5th edition of Understanding Mathematics for Young Children with Derek Haylock (Sage Publications) and writing a book with the working title, Primary Head Teachers Talking: reflections on the challenges and complexities of educational leadership. She has completed a range of research projects including - Understanding the Primary Mathematics Classroom Part 2 (Economic and Social Research Council Award, RES-000-22-0851) with Paola Iannone (2004-2005); Communicating our Strategies in Primary School Mathematics (Socrates-Comenius 2.1) with colleagues from across the European Union (2003-2006) and Mathematical Misconceptions in the Primary Years (British Academy, LRG-42447) with international partners (2006-2007). She is currently disseminating the findings of her most project - Challenging Colleagues: primary head teachers managing mediocre practitioners - which was funded by the Nuffield Foundation (# 39039). Professor Cockburn chaired the International Meeting of the Psychology of Mathematics Education Group in 2002 and was a member of the International Committee (2001 -2005). She was an Associate Editor of the Journal of Mathematics Teacher Educators (2007-2012) and was an external examiner for the Economic and Social Research Council student awards (2002-2006). She currently teaches research methods at masters' level and supervises 4 doctoral students.

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I believe that it should be available to every teacher and learning support assistant involved in working with children in mathematics. Each chapter would form the basis of a fascinating training session, parent workshop or discussion. -- Ruth Hale This book was a delight to read. The mathematical content is excellent and the approach to explaining complex concepts is exceptionally good!' ,-Dr Jennifer Way, University of Sydney 'I'm a really big fan of this book: it is the single most influential text in my experience of working with primary maths teachers in the last 12 years. It is influential because it speaks to them clearly and in such a way that they can directly see its relevance to their practice' - Andy Tynemouth, Every Child Counts National Adviser, Edge Hill University 'Every teacher of maths should read this book! It is well-structured and easy to read and helps you understand the fundamental building blocks that you need to make children aware of, so they can correctly construct their own understanding of numbers. I thought I knew quite a bit about maths but this book helped me realize why some of my children are struggling with doing simple word problems. Actually, it gave me LOTS of reasons why they might be struggling, as well as a variety of activities I can adapt to help them change some of their misconceptions' -Amazon reader review

Table of contents

Understanding Mathematics Understanding Number and Counting Understanding Addition and Subtraction Understanding Multiplication and Division Understanding the Principles of Arithmetic Understanding Calculations through Patterns and Pictures Understanding Place Value Understanding Measurement Understanding Shape and Space Understanding Data Handling Understanding Problem Solving and Reasoning in Mathematics