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ERIC Number: EJ1015499
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Sep
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0258-2236
Big Ideas in Primary Mathematics: Issues and Directions
Askew, Mike
Perspectives in Education, v31 n3 p5-18 Sep 2013
This article is located within the literature arguing for attention to Big Ideas in teaching and learning mathematics for understanding. The focus is on surveying the literature of Big Ideas and clarifying what might constitute Big Ideas in the primary Mathematics Curriculum based on both theoretical and pragmatic considerations. This is complemented by an analysis of the evidence for two Big Ideas in South Africa's Curriculum and Assessment Policy Statements for Foundation-and Intermediate-Phase Mathematics. This analysis reveals that, while there is some evidence of implicit attention to Big Ideas in the Curriculum, without more explicit attention to these, teachers and, consequently, learners are not likely to develop understanding of Big Ideas and how they connect aspects of mathematics together.
Perspectives in Education. Faculty of Education, University of the Free State, Bloemfontein 9301, South Africa. Fax: +27-51-401-7044; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: South Africa
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A