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ERIC Number: EJ793977
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 12
ISSN: ISSN-1326-0286
Mathematics Saves the Day
Clark, Julie
Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, v12 n2 p21-24 2007
Many people believe that the 1989 National Council for Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) standards heralded the biggest mathematics reform of the 20th century. Despite all reform efforts, recent studies indicate that mathematics taught in primary and middle school mainly consists of basic arithmetic tasks that use memorization and repetition. Today many students perform adequately on basic computational tests but have difficulty in applying mathematics knowledge to problems. Furthermore, it is apparent that an inordinate amount of time is spent on low-level procedures rather than on reinforcing conceptual understanding. An expectation for students to act as mathematicians is encouraged by the NCTM in the new "Principles and Standards." Most mathematics educators recognise the need for students to be engaged in meaningful and interesting mathematical activities. The vehicle of children's literature emerged in the author's search for pedagogy that enhances students' learning of mathematics. This article describes previous research in this area and discusses a Year 5 classroom that used children's literature to support mathematics learning.
Australian Association of Mathematics Teachers (AAMT). GPO Box 1729, Adelaide 5001, South Australia. Tel: +61-8-8363-0288; Fax: +61-8-8362-9288; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Grade 5
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A