Problem Solving in Primary Mathematics

Problem Solving in Primary Mathematics : Learning to Investigate

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Problem solving is a core element of teaching and learning mathematics, but also an area where teachers and children struggle. Designed to support both new and experienced teachers in guiding pupils through mathematical investigations, Problem Solving in Primary Mathematics provides practical guidance underpinned by the latest research and theory. It examines how individual pupils think and act differently, and how to promote independence and autonomy in the classroom. Offering a framework to help children through the times when learning is stalled, it supports teachers in identifying key points for intervention, helping children think and act independently, and moving learning more

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  • Paperback | 176 pages
  • 174 x 246mm
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1138911119
  • 9781138911116

About Christine Edwards-Leis

Dr 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 more

Table of contents

Introduction Chapter 1: Understanding thinking: mental models and why they are relevant to classrooms Chapter 2: The functions of thinking and how to prompt specific action in the classroom Chapter 3: Ways to investigate: scaffolds and structures to use in the classroom Chapter 4: Consecutive sums Chapter 5: Squaring up to the problem Chapter 6: Measuring cups Chapter 7: In a fraction of the time Chapter 8: Handing over: Children as agents of their own thinking Appendix 1: Creating prompt charts Appendix 2: Activity cards Glossaryshow more