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Understanding Mathematics for Young Children

Understanding Mathematics for Young Children
A Guide for Teachers of Children 3-7

Fourth Edition

February 2018 | 340 pages | SAGE AdvantEDGE

'This book was a delight to read. The mathematical content is excellent and the approach to explaining complex concepts is exceptionally good!' -Dr Jennifer Way, University of Sydney

'I'm a really big fan of this book: it is the single most influential text in my experience of working with primary maths teachers in the last 12 years' - Andy Tynemouth, Every Child Counts National Adviser, Edge Hill University

'Every teacher of maths should read this book! It helped me realize why some children are struggling with doing simple word problems' -Amazon reader review

If you are a teacher or student teacher in a nursery or primary school, you need a secure understanding of the mathematical ideas behind the material you will use in the classroom. To help young children develop their understanding of mathematics, you need to develop your own understanding of how mathematics is learnt.

In this indispensible book, the authors help you to understand mathematical concepts and how children come to understand them, and also help develop your own confidence with mathematical activities.

Each chapter of this book includes:

-Real-life examples and illustrations from children and teachers in the classroom

-The research behind some of the concepts and teaching approaches discussed

-Pauses to reflect and discuss your own mathematical knowledge and experience

-Age-appropriate classroom activities to try with your class or group.


Understanding mathematics
Understanding number and counting
Understanding addition and subtraction
Understanding multiplication and division
Understanding the principles of arithmetic
Understanding calculations through patterns and pictures
Understanding place value
Understanding measurement
Understanding shape and space
Understanding data handling
Understanding problem solving and reasoning in mathematics

This book was a delight to read. The mathematical content is excellent and the approach to explaining complex concepts is exceptionally good!'


Dr Jennifer Way,
University of Sydney

Derek Haylock

Derek Haylock is an education writer, with an extensive list of publications in the field of mathematics education. He worked for over 30 years in teacher education, both initial and in-service, and was Co-Director of Primary Initial Teacher Training and responsible for the mathematics components of the primary programmes at the University of East Anglia (UEA) in Norwich. He has considerable practical experience of teaching and researching in primary classrooms. His work in mathematics education has taken him to Germany, Belgium, Lesotho, Kenya, Brunei, India and Sweden. As well as his publications in the field of education, he has written... More About Author

Anne Cockburn

Anne D. Cockburn is a Professor Emeritus in Early Years Education at the University of East Anglia (UEA). She was educated in Edinburgh before reading Psychology at the University of St Andrews. Subsequently, she trained to be a primary teacher and taught in Scotland. In 1979, she became a Research Fellow at the University of Lancaster, working with Neville Bennett and Charles Desforges. Her PhD was completed in 1986 at the UEA. Following a period of working as a researcher, she took up her first lectureship at UEA in 1989. She became an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society in 1994. Initially Anne's... More About Author

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ISBN: 9789352806010