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Reflective Primary Mathematics: A Guide for Student Teachers

by Elizabeth Jackson SAGE Publications Ltd
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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.

History of difficulties in learning and teaching mathematics
Considering a need for change
A framework for reflection
Attitudes towards mathematics
Mathematical engagement
Mathematics subject knowledge
Beliefs about mathematics
The relevance of mathematics
Philosophy for mathematics learning and teaching
Your relationship with mathematics
Making changes

Given that so often I talk with adults (including those teaching primary maths) and one of the first things they say to me is that they "can’t do maths," or "hated maths in school," the ideas in this book are crucial to providing a positive, effective mathematics experience for our pupils. T

This is an incredibly useful book for anyone teaching primary maths, but especially for someone who is new to teaching maths or who soon will be teaching maths. It might even be a good book to keep on hand in case teaching assignments change unexpectedly!
Liz taught mathematics for sixteen years across the UK from the Channel Islands to the North West of England in various primary and secondary schools.For the last fourteen years she has been a Senior Lecturer at the University of Cumbria (formerly St Martinas College) teaching mathematics at degree level, mathematics education with secondary and primary student teachers and supervising Masters studentsa research into primary mathematics.Her Honours degree from Manchester University is in mathematics and education.She explored the use of IT as a tool for learning and teaching mathematics for a Masters from the University of Lancaster, and conducted research into mathematical perceptions for her PhD, also from the University of Lancaster.Liz has always taken a keen interest in how children learn mathematics and how adults, including teachers, perceive mathematics.