Making space for geometry in primary mathematics


Jones, Keith and Mooney, Claire (2003) Making space for geometry in primary mathematics. In, Ian Thompson (ed.) Enhancing primary mathematics teaching. Maidenhead, GB, Open University Press, 3-15.

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This chapter examines the structure and recommendations of the UK National Numeracy Strategy (NNS) with respect to the teaching of geometry at primary school. It looks at ways in which the NNS recommendations might be best taken forward and whether there are important aspects of geometry that the Strategy has omitted or to which it has paid too little attention. It suggests that until spatial and visual thinking is given greater status within the mental and oral segments of primary mathematics lessons, and until more curriculum space at primary level is devoted to geometry, children may well continue to have insufficient opportunity to develop fundamental visualisation and spatial reasoning skills that are so important in an increasingly visual world.

Item Type: Book Section
Additional Information: This author's proof has the same pagination as the published article.
ISBNs: 0335213758 (paperback)
9780335213757 (paperback)
9780335213764 (hardback)
Keywords: teaching, learning, primary school, elementary school, curriculum, pedagogy, geometry, geometric, geometrical, mathematics, mathematical, numeracy, spatial, visualisation, visualization
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB1501 Primary Education
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2361 Curriculum
Divisions: University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Education > Professional Practice & Pedagogy
Faculty of Social and Human Sciences > Southampton Education School > Mathematics & Science Education
ePrint ID: 11250
Date Deposited: 09 Nov 2004
Last Modified: 18 Dec 2014 15:48
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/11250

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