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.




Explanation is a key teaching skill through which teachers help pupils to understand mathematical tasks, objectives, procedures, concepts, principles and relationships. In a key text on the skill of explaining, Wragg and Brown (2001a: 6) provide the following operational definition: ‘Explaining is ...

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