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.

Purposeful Activity

Purposeful activity


A purposeful activity in primary school mathematics is taken here to refer to an activity that has some kind of purpose from the pupils’ perspective, sufficient to motivate them to engage with the activity with some degree of commitment to completing it.

Explanation and Discussion

Teachers have their own purposes for the activities ...

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