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Children's Errors in Mathematics

Children's Errors in Mathematics

Second Edition
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Elementary Maths

208 pages | Learning Matters
This practical guide to children's common errors and misconceptions in mathematics is ideal for primary trainees, helping them gain a deeper understanding of the difficulties encountered in mathematical development. This Second Edition has been fully revised and all links to the EYFS and the Revised Primary Framework have been updated. New research and literature are included, additional errors are considered, and using and applying mathematics is fully embedded throughout. Individual misconceptions are dealt with and in each case a description and explanation of the error is provided. The teacher's role in understanding and addressing common misconceptions is also covered.
How children learn mathematics?
Errors and misconceptions: the teacher’s role
Numbers and the number system
Number operations and calculation
Shape and Space
Handling Data
Appendix: Curriculum Objectives

While we don't cite this book as essential reading, we strongly recommend that our trainee teachers read it and use it when planning maths lessons. Many of them have bought it and extol its virtues and cite instances where it has helped them to anticpate a misconception and adapt their teaching accordingly.

Marcus Witt
Faculty of Education, Univ. of The West of England
July 20, 2014

A very supportive book, ideal for the needs of trainee teachers.

Mr Ian Campton
School of Education, Southampton University
April 16, 2014

An accessible text clearly identifying children's possible errors and misconceptions in aspects of mathematics. A useful reference for those working in primary education.

Miss Claire Harris
Faculty of Education, Canterbury Christ Church University
December 23, 2013

Very clearly written easy to use

Mrs Shirley Harrison
maths education, Sheffield Hallam University
December 12, 2013

A really helpful book for Primary trainees explaining what errors occur, why they occur and what you can do to prevent them.

Michelle Lowe
Institute for Education Policy Research (Stoke), Staffordshire University
February 14, 2013

This book helps trainee teachers to understand where children 'go wrong' and helps them to tailor their teaching to address children's conceptual understanding and develop thinking.

Mrs Sarah Fuller
Education, University of the West of England, Bristol
December 13, 2012

A very good text to help trainees recognise the important role errors and misconceptions play in developing mathematical understanding.

Ms Helen Yorke
School of Primary Education, Birmingham City University
October 31, 2012

This title is clear and informative. Easy to navigate.

Miss Sarah Wilkes
Primary ITE, Newman University College
October 17, 2012

This continues to be the lead text in understanding children's errors and misconceptions, stimulating productive thinking in how to adapt teaching and in particular considering how to use resources to support teaching and learning

Ms Nancy Barclay
School of Education, Brighton University
August 21, 2012

This book is invaluable to help students understand the different types of errors and misconceptions that can occur in mathematics in order for them to complete their assignment.

Ms Diane Vaukins
Education (Lancaster), St Martin's College
August 15, 2012

Alice Hansen

Alice Hansen is the Director of Children Count Ltd where she is educational consultant. Her work includes running professional development courses and events for teachers and teacher trainers, research and publishing. Alice has worked in education in England and abroad. Prior to her current work she was a primary mathematics tutor and the programme leader for a full-time primary PGCE programme at a large university in England. More About Author