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Children's Errors in Mathematics

Fourth Edition (Revised and Updated Edition)


July 2017 | 272 pages | Learning Matters
This practical and popular guide to children’s common errors and misconceptions in primary mathematics is an essential tool for teachers and trainees. It supports them in planning for and tackling potential errors and enhances their understanding of the difficulties encountered in mathematical development. This Fourth Edition explores how a Growth Mindset approach works alongside an awareness of children's errors and how mistakes themselves are powerful learning tools. This edition includes 50 new identifiable misconceptions children have of mathematics. The text also considers the role of the teacher in understanding and addressing children’s common mathematical misconceptions.

it is very current in that it links mathematical learning and understanding to the mastery approach that we now use in schools and also Carol Dweck’s mindset work which is also currently a focus in schools.
Its main focus is what children (and teachers) can learn from the errors they make and it gives very clear examples of common mistakes made by children and what can be done to unpick their errors and move towards understanding of the concept.

Mrs Jan Beechey
Education and Training, Dyslexia Action
August 17, 2017

An excellent supporting handbook, particularly useful for Teaching Assistants who often work with groups of children who may be struggling with certain concepts. Lots of useful and practical approaches for encouraging more independent learning whilst challenging and overcoming misconceptions in Maths. Not just for children's errors - useful for adults too.

Mrs Gabrielle Morley
School of Education, University Centre Blackburn
July 11, 2017

This book was circulates among my mathematics education undergraduates as a resource book on errors and misconceptions

Professor Kakoma Luneta
Faculty of Education, University of Johannesburg (Auckland Park)
May 10, 2017

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Children's Errors in Mathematics - Chapter One


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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

Doreen Drews

Doreen Drews is a Principal Lecturer in Primary Mathematics at St Martin's College and has taught extensively within the Foundation Stage, Key Stage One and Key Stage Two. She was a mathematics advisory teacher for four years before joining St Martin's and has a particular interest in early years mathematics. More About Author

John Dudgeon

John Dudgeon has taught at a wide range of primary schools. John is particularly interested in the effective use of mathematical resources. More About Author

Fiona Mort

Fiona Lawton is currently developing online materials to support teaching and learning in mathematics and is researching the underpinning pedagogy of e-learning. More About Author

Liz Surtees

Liz Surtees has taught at both secondary and primary level and has a particular interest in statistics. More About Author

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