Helping Children Learn Mathematics, 1st Australasian Edition

ISBN: 9781742168234

Whether you have an aptitude for numbers or not, Helping Children Learn Mathematics, 1st Australian Edition will enable you to confidently teach mathematics to future students. With real examples from the classroom, Helping Children Learn Mathematics covers everything you need to know about teaching maths for the Australian Curriculum and NAPLAN testing.


  • In the Classroom Activities: Located throughout the text in featured boxes, these activities provide ideas and strategies for teaching children the topics of each chapter.
  • Spotlight on Early Childhood: Focused on the specific teaching and learning needs of early childhood students, and how to apply these mathematical concepts in real world classroom scenarios.
  • Snapshot of a Lesson: Based on local videos illustrating best practice in Australian classrooms, these features highlight mathematical concepts in the context of a classroom lesson.
Robert E. Reys is Curators’ Professor of Mathematics Education at the University of Missouri-Columbia. He is a former mathematics teacher and district mathematics coordinator. His research interests are in the areas of calculators, mental computation, estimation and number sense. Bob has authored over 200 articles in professional journals. He was General Editor for five yearbooks of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) and co-edited the 2010 NCTM Yearbook Mathematics Curriculum: Issues, Trends, and Future Directions. He was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award for his service, leadership and research by the Mathematics Education Trust of the NCTM.

Mary Lindquist

Diana V. Lambdin

Nancy L. Smith

Anna Rogers is a Lecturer in the School of Education at the University of South Australia where she teaches reception to Year 7 mathematics education courses in the undergraduate and postgraduate programs. Anna has been an educator for 32 years. Initially a secondary teacher with mathematics speciality, she taught students in country and city schools and in Adult Education. Anna obtained her Master of Science (Mathematics Education) from Curtin University after completing undergraduate and postgraduate studies at the Sturt College of Advanced Education. During her academic career Anna has focused on creating positive learning environments for her students, authentic assessment tasks, and building student confidence and competence in mathematics teaching and learning. Her research interests and publications include early childhood mathematics through play, place value activities and intervention, equity issues including gender and sociocultural disadvantage, and mathematics knowledge for future teachers. Anna has been awarded citations both locally and nationally for her commitment, contribution and enthusiasm to both the teaching and learning of mathematics.

Judith Falle is a Lecturer in the School of Education at the University of New England where she teaches intending primary and secondary mathematics teachers. Before this Judith taught science in secondary schools in Sydney and London and later both science and mathematics in secondary schools and TAFE in NSW. After working as head of the mathematics department in a private girls’ school and completing a Master’s degree in mathematics education, Judith moved into her current position. She has also edited the Australian Mathematics Teacher, a journal of the Australian Association of Mathematics Teachers (AAMT), and has been a reviewer for and contributor to conferences hosted by the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia (MERGA) and AAMT.

Sandra Frid is an Associate Professor of Mathematics Education with over 30 years experience in universities in Australia and Canada. Her background and expertise span early childhood through to tertiary teaching and learning, curriculum development and research. Sandra has been recognised through several university and national teaching excellence awards for innovative, inspiring and effective teaching practices. Her research focuses on enhancing the professional capacities of pre-service and in-service teachers, particularly in mathematics and science, and she has been involved in numerous national teaching development grants and research projects. She has a wide range of professional achievements, including: being awarded as a Fellow of the Australian College of Educators; serving as an editor of research and professional journals; authoring numerous research publications; and establishing the Western Australian hub of the National Centre of Science, ICT and Mathematics Education for Rural and Regional Australia (SiMERR).

Sue Bennett is a Lecturer in the School of Education at Deakin University where she is a course coordinator for the Bachelor of Education (Primary) degree, teaches in the primary mathematics education and education major courses for pre-service teachers, and supervises students’ practicum. Sue has been an educator for more than twenty years, teaching in both schools and universities in Victoria. In addition to classroom teaching and school-based curriculum development, she has developed curriculum for the Victorian Ministry of Education, worked with AAMT and Monash University on the Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics Project, and taught in mathematics education programs at a range of universities, to both pre-service early childhood educators and pre-service primary teachers.

1. School mathematics in a changing world
2. Helping children learn mathematics with understanding
3. Planning and teaching
4. Assessment: enhanced learning and teaching
5. Processes of doing mathematics
6. Helping children with problem solving
7. Counting and number sense in early childhood and primary years
8. Extending number sense: place value
9. Operations: meanings and basic facts
10. Solving mathematical problems with mental and written strategies, calculators and estimation
11. Solving mathematical problems with standard and alternative written strategies
12. Fractions and decimals: meanings and operations
13. Ratio, proportion and percentages: meanings and applications
14. Extending students with number theory
15. Algebraic thinking
16. Geometry
17. Measurement
18. Data analysis, statistics and probability
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