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Children's Errors in Mathematics

Children's Errors in Mathematics

Fourth Edition (Revised and Updated Edition)

August 2017 | 272 pages | Learning Matters
This practical and popular guide to children’s common errors and misconceptions in primary mathematics is an essential tool for teachers and trainees. It supports them in planning for and tackling potential errors and enhances their understanding of the difficulties encountered in mathematical development. This Fourth Edition explores how a Growth Mindset approach works alongside an awareness of children's errors and how mistakes themselves are powerful learning tools. This edition includes 50 new identifiable misconceptions children have of mathematics. The text also considers the role of the teacher in understanding and addressing children’s common mathematical misconceptions.

it is very current in that it links mathematical learning and understanding to the mastery approach that we now use in schools and also Carol Dweck’s mindset work which is also currently a focus in schools.
Its main focus is what children (and teachers) can learn from the errors they make and it gives very clear examples of common mistakes made by children and what can be done to unpick their errors and move towards understanding of the concept.

Mrs Jan Beechey
Education and Training, Dyslexia Action
August 17, 2017

An excellent supporting handbook, particularly useful for Teaching Assistants who often work with groups of children who may be struggling with certain concepts. Lots of useful and practical approaches for encouraging more independent learning whilst challenging and overcoming misconceptions in Maths. Not just for children's errors - useful for adults too.

Mrs Gabrielle Morley
School of Education, University Centre Blackburn
July 11, 2017

This book was circulates among my mathematics education undergraduates as a resource book on errors and misconceptions

Professor Kakoma Luneta
Faculty of Education, University of Johannesburg (Auckland Park)
May 10, 2017
Key features
  • Linked to the new National Curriculum
  • Provides an essential tool for planning primary mathematics lessons
  • Provides guidance on how to identify common misconceptions
  • Explores how common misconceptions can be anticipated and addressed
  • Every National Curriculum objective covered
  • NEW! Exploration of the impact Growth Mindsets and learning from mistakes can make in primary mathematics
  • Over 50 new errors added, allowing teachers to plan for even more misconceptions
  • NEW! Updated to address the mathematics mastery approach to learning and teaching

Need: Trainees need to understand how their learning links to the new National Curriculum

Feature: Linked to the new National Curriculum

Benefit: Develops trainees’ understanding of the new National Curriculum


Need: Trainees need help planning mathematics lessons

Feature: Provides an essential tool for planning primary mathematics lessons

Benefit: Helps trainee’s develop an understanding of effective planning


Need: Trainees need to know how to identify when children are making common errors

Feature: Provides guidance on how to identify common misconceptions

Benefit: Supports trainees in being more aware of children’s learning


Need: Trainees need to know they support children to ‘correct’ common errors

Feature: Explores how common misconceptions can be anticipated and addressed

Benefit: Enhances trainees understanding of how they can support individual child

Sample Materials & Chapters

Children's Errors in Mathematics - Chapter One

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