1st Edition

The Learning and Teaching of Number
Paths Less Travelled Through Well-Trodden Terrain

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ISBN 9781138353466
May 26, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
216 Pages 78 B/W Illustrations

USD $39.95

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Book Description

Numbers are the backbones of mathematics. From 1 to infinity, numbers accompany and underlie the learning of mathematics and research. While perceived as familiar and understood, numbers present fascinating and often mysterious patterns, relationships and pedagogical issues. The Learning and Teaching of Number explores how mathematics education research has addressed issues related to the structure of numbers and number operations and provides a classroom context. It invites readers to explore less-travelled paths through a well-trodden terrain of Number.

This fascinating book combines mathematical content with pedagogical ideas and research results. Focusing on Number, the book illustrates central ideas related to numbers via a variety of tasks at different levels of complexity. The Learning and Teaching of Number will allow the reader to:

  • examine and develop personal understanding of number sets and relationship among them
  • enhance personal understanding of familiar topics associated with number operations
  • engage in a variety of tasks and strengthen personal problem-solving skills
  • enrich repertoire of mathematical tasks and pedagogical actions, and
  • consider research ideas and results related to teaching numbers, number operations and number relationships

This is a valuable resource for teacher education courses, graduate programs in mathematics education, and for professional development programs. Teacher trainers and Maths teachers will find their personal understanding of numbers and relationships enriched and will draw connections between research and classroom pedagogy which will extend and enhance their teaching.

Table of Contents


Entering the Terrain

Getting Ready to Act

Snapshot 1 – Capturing Numbers

Snapshot 2 – Departing Base Ten

Snapshot 3 – Measuring with Numbers

Snapshot 4 – Exploring Variations in Algorithms for Arithmetic Operations

Snapshot 5 – Cycling Through Numbers

Snapshot 6 – Representing Numbers Multiplicatively

Snapshot 7 – Revisiting Fractions

Snapshot 8 – Transitioning Between Numerical Domains

Snapshot 9 – Playing with Numbers

Final Word

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Rina Zazkis is a Professor of Mathematics Education at the Faculty of Education and associate member in the Department of Mathematics at the Simon Fraser University, Canada. She holds an appointment of Tier 1 Canada Research Chair, a prestigious recognition of excellence in research and research training.

John Mason spent 40 years at the Open University constructing distance-taught courses in mathematics and mathematics education. He is perhaps best known for Thinking Mathematically, and Researching Your Own Practice Using the Discipline of Noticing. His main interest is in the nature and role of attention, the use of mental imagery, and the fostering of mathematical thinking.

Igor’ Kontorovich is a Senior Lecturer in Mathematics Department at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. He is interested in understanding the processes that people go through when learning and teaching mathematics in secondary school and university.