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Engaging in Mathematics in the Classroom
Symbols and experiences

ISBN 9780415733694
Published August 28, 2015 by Routledge
178 Pages

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Book Description

What comes first, class management or student engagement? How can the ‘real world’ be used to engage learners? What is the role of technology in engaging students? And is ‘understanding’ or ‘exam success’ more engaging?

In the modern world, success in school mathematics can determine life chances. It is therefore vital to engage children and young people in learning mathematics. Engaging in Mathematics in the Classroom brings together the debates concerning mathematical engagement and draws on first-hand experience and key research to promote successful classroom practice. It considers what engagement looks like at different ages and the implications of this for the classroom.

Accessibly written with examples of successful classroom practice, activities and projects, the book covers:

  • Planning and managing engagement in learning;
  • Mathematical understandings and meanings;
  • Early Primary and the number system;
  • Primary/Secondary Transition and geometrical thinking;
  • Secondary school: Adolescence and algebraic activity;
  • Post-16 and infinity;
  • Learning across the lifespan.

Written by a leading authority in the field, this timely text will be essential reading for all trainee and practising teachers of mathematics.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1 – Engaging in mathematics

Chapter 2 – Planning for engagement in learning

Chapter 3 – Mathematical understandings and meanings

Chapter 4 – Symbolic fluency

Chapter 5 – Managing engagement


Chapter 6 – Early Primary and the number system

Chapter 7 – Primary/Secondary Transition and geometrical thinking

Chapter 8 – Secondary school: Adolescence and algebraic activity

Chapter 9 – Post-16 and infinity


Chapter 10 – Engaging in engaging learners

Chapter 11 – Learning across the lifespan


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Alf Coles is Senior Lecturer in Education at the University of Bristol, UK.