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Reflective Primary Mathematics

Reflective Primary Mathematics
A guide for student teachers

August 2015 | 224 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

‘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.’

Paul Ernest, Emeritus Professor of Mathematics Education, University of Exeter


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.


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

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.  

Paul Ernest
Emeritus Professor of Mathematics Education, Exeter University

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!

Matthew Reames
SATIPS - Support and training in Prep, Primary and Secondary Schools

This book looks at the history of the teaching of mathematics and shows excellent reflection points, throughout for today's teacher of mathematics - these points will stimulate your thoughts and c=contribute to improving your ability to being an effective teacher of mathematics. This will aid experienced teachers as well as students and NQTs

Mrs Joanne Hopton
School of Teaching , Health and Care, Bradford College
June 6, 2016

As trainee teachers develop their skills as reflective practitioners, that reflective ability is used by this book to channel and direct mathematical understanding, strategies for teaching and learning. The author encourages you to reflect deeply to review the many challenges that children face and how trainee teachers can develop effective teaching and learning skills.

Mr Manish Kothari
School of Edu. Theology and Leadership, St Mary's University, Twickenham
March 1, 2016

This contains very strong practical advice on teaching and learning .

Mr Paul Demetriou-Crane
AEBLS, Havering College of FE & HE
February 11, 2016

This book helps readers to become better, more confident teachers of mathematics by enabling them to reflect critically on what they know and what they do in the classroom.

Miss Syreeta Charles-Cole
Education, Carshalton College
October 5, 2015

A useful book for teacher educators, trainees and qualified teachers to aid reflection on their mathematical experiences and attitudes and the impact these have on teaching and learning. Includes practical guidelines for changing mind-set and improving practice as a mathematics teacher.

Mrs Joanne Hopton
School of Teaching , Health and Care, Bradford College
October 28, 2015

A really useful book for my Early Years students as it looks at the history of maths education, our attitudes towards maths and mathematical engagement, with reflection points and case studies.

Miss Charlotte Bishop
Early Years, University Campus Oldham
November 2, 2015

This book has a lot of ideas to encourage trainee teachers to think about why they teach maths in a certain way in order to adapt and progress in their thinking.

Mrs Kathryn Clarke
Faculty of Education & Children's Services, Chester University
August 28, 2015

A useful and informative book for trainee teachers. Each chapter focuses on on a different area of maths.

Mrs Davina Balls
Teacher Training, Great Yarmouth College
September 17, 2015

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