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Listening Counts
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Children learn about number by talking and doing. This book offers closely observed accounts of what children in their early years and at primary school say and do. Some arise from classrooms; others are based on interviews and day to day interactions. Together they illuminate the learning, and therefore the teaching, of mathematics to young children.The first chapters look at early mathematical development at home and show how parents and grandparents can enhance learning. A study of a primary class responding to fractions illustrates how the children listen to each other's ideas. A group of children considered to have challenging behaviour discuss what helps and hinders their learning as they work on a project on robots. Unofficial talk is also revealing, as the observation of children in the bottom set for mathematics demonstrates. And when working with bilingual pupils, what happens when the children teach the adult to count in their language - one the adult doesn't know?This range of observations, research and practice will be of immense value to all primary and early years teachers and to families wishing to develop their children's numeracy.
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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.

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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.

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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

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