Teaching of primary mathematics: Misconceptions and ways for improvement

Chi Keung Eddie LEUNG, Yiu Kwong MAN

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In the study of Leung, Man and Ng (1997), it was found that the most difficult part of mathematics teaching perceived by primary student-teachers was the explanation of fundamental concepts and definitions to the students. A follow-up study that focused on this issue was then conducted. Many student-teachers were observed to have demonstrated a teacher-oriented style in mathematics teaching as described by Ernest (1989) during their final teaching practice. This paper reports some common misconceptions conveyed in the classroom teaching of primary mathematics by student-teachers. Furthermore, some methods of relational approach (Skemp, 1978) are suggested to improve the teaching of Shape and Space.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 1997


Leung, C. K. E., & Man, Y. K. (1997, November). Teaching of primary mathematics: Misconceptions and ways for improvement. Paper presented at the Hong Kong Educational Research Association (HKERA) 14th Annual Conference: Compulsory Education and Beyond, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, China.


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