Covering the key principles and concepts in the teaching and learning of mathematics in elementary schools, this text provides trainee and practicing teachers with a quick and easy reference to what they need to know for their course, and in the classroom. The entries are arranged alphabetically, and each contains a brief definition, followed by an explanation and discussion, practical examples, and annotated suggestions for further reading.




‘Equivalent’ is the technical mathematical term that corresponds to the everyday language, ‘is the same as’. In learning mathematics, children often encounter situations in which they have to recognize that all the things in a given set are in some sense ‘the same’. In doing this they have therefore ...

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