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  • Paperback: 344 pages
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications Ltd; Fourth edition (31 Mar. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1446248666
  • ISBN-13: 978-1446248669
  • Product Dimensions: 18.6 x 2.1 x 23.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 92,877 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I believe that it should be available to every teacher and learning support assistant involved in working with children in mathematics. Each chapter would form the basis of a fascinating training session, parent workshop or discussion. (Ruth Hale)

This book was a delight to read. The mathematical content is excellent and the approach to explaining complex concepts is exceptionally good!'
,-Dr Jennifer Way, University of Sydney


'I'm a really big fan of this book: it is the single most influential text in my experience of working with primary maths teachers in the last 12 years. It is influential because it speaks to them clearly and in such a way that they can directly see its relevance to their practice'
- Andy Tynemouth, Every Child Counts National Adviser, Edge Hill University


'Every teacher of maths should read this book! It is well-structured and easy to read and helps you understand the fundamental building blocks that you need to make children aware of, so they can correctly construct their own understanding of numbers. I thought I knew quite a bit about maths but this book helped me realize why some of my children are struggling with doing simple word problems. Actually, it gave me LOTS of reasons why they might be struggling, as well as a variety of activities I can adapt to help them change some of their misconceptions'
-Amazon reader review


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Derek Haylock is an education consultant and writer in the field of mathematics education. He is a Senior Fellow in Education at the University of East Anglia, Norwich, where he worked for over 30 years in primary teacher training and in education research. He is a major author in education, with a large number of published books and chapters in books. His best-selling Mathematics Explained for Primary Teachers (Sage) has been the leader in the field for many years, with a fourth edition published in 2010. Derek’s work is characterized by a commitment to explain mathematics in simple and accessible ways and to enable the subject to be taught and learnt with understanding and confidence. He is married, with two grown-up daughters and three grandsons. Outside of mathematics, he is a Free Church elder, plays the trumpet, and is passionate about classical music, cricket, walking (quickly) and cycling (slowly).

Derek Haylock has a website at: http://derek-haylock.blogspot.com/

Professor Anne Cockburn is Professor in Early Years' Education. Her research interests focus on mathematics education in the primary school and teacher well being, recruitment and retention. She is currently working on 5th edition of Understanding Mathematics for Young Children with Derek Haylock (Sage Publications) and writing a book with the working title, Primary Head Teachers Talking: reflections on the challenges and complexities of educational leadership. She has completed a range of research projects including - Understanding the Primary Mathematics Classroom Part 2 (Economic and Social Research Council Award, RES-000-22-0851) with Paola Iannone (2004-2005); Communicating our Strategies in Primary School Mathematics (Socrates-Comenius 2.1) with colleagues from across the European Union (2003-2006) and Mathematical Misconceptions in the Primary Years (British Academy, LRG-42447) with international partners (2006-2007). She is currently disseminating the findings of her most project - Challenging Colleagues: primary head teachers managing mediocre practitioners – which was funded by the Nuffield Foundation (# 39039). Professor Cockburn chaired the International Meeting of the Psychology of Mathematics Education Group in 2002 and was a member of the International Committee (2001 -2005). She was an Associate Editor of the Journal of Mathematics Teacher Educators (2007-2012) and was an external examiner for the Economic and Social Research Council student awards (2002-2006). She currently teaches research methods at masters’ level and supervises 4 doctoral students.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By M. P. Bell on 17 Jan. 2013
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While trying to find out why so many children (and adults) describe themselves as "No good at Maths" I have looked at dozens of books which suggest methods which, the authors claim, will help learning. However, they do not try to explain why so many people struggle with maths.

This book is brilliant. It takes you step-by-step through the component parts of learning 'maths' and explains why students can get confused.

The majority of 'experts' who claim to advise on maths do not seem to understand the reasons why the pupils are struggling and simply offer their own 'good ideas'. Haylock and Cockburn are (almost) in a class of their own.

The sheer complexity of maths suggests that primary maths should be taught either by trained experts who understand the process or by untrained teachers who follow scripted lessons.

As Zig Engelmann says: "If the student doesn't learn, the teacher hasn't taught." The high number of young people who leave school "No good at maths" is a preventable scandal and caused by a teaching profession who fail to understand the subject they are teaching.

My only disappointment is the absence of any reference to 'number sense' - the non-conscious 'knowing how many', (or how much) which is essential for success in maths. Very weak number-sense creates dyscalculia.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jane Humphreys, Norwich on 30 Jan. 2010
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A very clearly written and well presented explanation of early maths concepts. It informs the teaching of maths, giving reasons for errors and difficulties. Very useful examples and activities to follow.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Melanie Jane Stephen on 19 Feb. 2011
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A very detailed book aimed at teachers being able to understand the importance of the many ranges of view points and learning positions of children when they are involved with mathematics.Also detailing the key ideas and concepts behind maths and its place in our lives and the lives of young children.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Butterflyr on 26 Nov. 2010
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If undergoing the PGCE this book is a must! Slightly overwhelming and complicated at first but if you keep going its extremely useful.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 4 Jun. 2013
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This, in my opinion, is an ideal reference book for teaching mathematics in primary school and was recommended in the reading list from my Uni, and by other teachers that I work with. It's clearly set out and has explanations and activities throughout. It's easy to read and understand.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Chris Hutchinson on 13 July 2013
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This book is essential reading for all teachers. Whether you have an interest in mathematics or not. It really shows how understanding and relational thinking are at the heart of both mathematics and teaching as a whole.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Prooro on 16 Feb. 2012
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Every teacher of maths should read this book! It is well-structured and easy to read and helps you understand the fundamental building blocks that you need to make children aware of, so they can correctly construct their own understanding of numbers. I thought I knew quite a bit about maths but this book helped me realize why some of my year 5 children are struggling with doing simple word problems. Actually, it gave me LOTS of reasons why they might be struggling, as well as a variety of activities I can adapt to help them change some of their misconceptions.
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By Mrs B on 3 Jan. 2014
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I found this book very helpful in deepening my understanding and relevant to those teaching in the Early Years. I also have other books by this author and find them very helpful as the explanations are clear.
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