CONTENTS: Introduction; 1. From before birth to beginning school; 2. 'There are numbers in Australia': Young people's perceptions of number and shape; 3. Young children and adults listening and working mathematically together; 4; Listening matters; 5. Unofficial talk in mathematics classrooms; 6. Matchbox algebra; 7. Learning to add fractions: A progression of experiences or an experience of progression?; 8. Can more be learned from interviews than from written answers; 9. Pupils' perception of setting; 10. 'Listen, it's easy': Children as teachers of counting; 11. Latter day reflections on primary mathematics; 12. Learning from listening to yourself; Notes on contributors; Author index; Subject index.
Jenny Houssart is senior lecturer at the Institute of Education, University of London. John Mason is Professor of Mathematics Education at the Centre for Mathematics Education at the Open University. Listening Figures, A companion volume examining practice in secondary schools and beyond, also edited by Jenny Houssart and John Mason, is forthcoming.
These books provide a wide range of insights into not only what learners reveal about their understandings of mathematics and their views on its teaching, but also about research techniques for gathering data, pedagogy, the discourse of mathematics, classroom organisation, ways of eliciting student explanations and understandings, the role of parents and grandparents in children's learning of mathematics, and the 'funds of knowledge' students bring to their learning. - Research in Mathematics Education