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February 27 , 2008

Reflective Primary Mathematics

A guide for student teachers


‘This original book shows the crucial importance of personal philosophies of mathematics. Using current research it guides us to reflect on our attitudes and beliefs. Essential reading for anybody interested in mathematics and its teaching.’

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Teaching mathematics can be challenging, and returning to a mathematics classroom yourself may not inspire you with confidence.

This book can help you to become an assured teacher who can give young learners the high quality mathematics education that they deserve, by exploring the philosophy that lies behind good mathematics teaching and its application in the classroom.

Throughout the book you are encouraged to put your own thoughts on mathematics learning and teaching under the microscope and examine your perceptions and understanding in order to develop as a critically reflective teacher, aware of potential challenges and what underpins effective mathematics teaching in primary schools.


Coverage includes:

·developing your own philosophy towards mathematics teaching

·understanding links between confidence and learning

·the importance of subject knowledge

·common beliefs and attitudes among mathematics learners

·how to develop your relationship with the subject.


This is essential reading for all students studying primary mathematics on initial teacher education courses, including undergraduate (BEd, BA with QTS), postgraduate (PGCE, School Direct, SCITT, Teach First) and NQTs.


Elizabeth Jackson has over thirty years’ experience of mathematics education through primary and secondary school teaching, lecturing in initial teacher education and supervising mathematics Master’s dissertations, as well as conducting research into mathematics and writing.


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