Problem Solving in Primary Mathematics
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Problem Solving in Primary Mathematics : Learning to Investigate!

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Description

Problem Solving in Primary Mathematics is an essential text designed to support new and experienced teachers in guiding pupils through mathematical investigations and problem solving, offering a framework that children themselves can begin to adopt as they progress to greater metacognitive awareness.





Underpinned by the latest international research and theory, it examines how individual pupils think and act differently and offers guidance on how to promote independence and autonomy in the classroom. It examines key topics such as:











Preparing for mathematical learning







Designing learning material







Assessing and evaluating learning







Identifying key points for intervention







What to do when learning is stalled







Critical numeracy for real-world problem solving







Mental Model Theory and the Mental Model Mode







Different approaches to problem solving and investigating








Aimed at new and experienced educators, particularly those with a maths specialism, and illustrated with investigations and activities, Problem Solving in Primary Mathematics demonstrates how frameworks can be used in key mathematical areas and assists students in progressing towards more meaningful problem solving.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 138 pages
  • 171 x 248mm
  • ROUTLEDGE
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 9 Tables, black and white; 22 Illustrations, black and white
  • 1138911100
  • 9781138911109

Table of contents

Introduction


Chapter 1: Understanding thinking: mental models and why they are relevant to classrooms


Chapter 2: The functions of thinking


Chapter 3: Ways to problem solve and investigate: scaffolds and structures


Chapter 4: Number strings


Chapter 5: Squaring up to the problem


Chapter 6: Rich tasks and big questions


Chapter 7: Changing times


Chapter 8: Problem solving and investigating


Appendix 1: Assessment strategy for PGCE student teachers


Appendix 2: 4R approach to collaboration


Appendix 3: Teacher's note for squaring up to the problem
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About Christine Edwards-Leis

Christine Edwards-Leis is Senior Lecturer in Primary Mathematics at St Mary's University, Twickenham, UK. Previously she was lecturer and researcher at University of South Australia, Australia. Her research interests are Mental Model Theory and how children use problem-solving strategies in mathematics and design and technology.





Debbie Robinson is Head of Primary Mathematics and Senior Lecturer in Primary Mathematics at St Mary's University, Twickenham, UK. She has extensive experience as both classroom teacher and advisory teacher in both primary and secondary schools. She provided INSET for qualified teachers for BEAM Publications and Education Authorities and her research interests are the use of practical activities, contexts and images to engage learners in mathematics.
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