1st Edition

Engaging in Mathematics in the Classroom Symbols and experiences

By Alf Coles Copyright 2016
    178 Pages
    by Routledge

    178 Pages
    by Routledge

    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.


    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



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