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Children Count

Exploring What is Possible in a Classroom with Mathematics and Children


Mary M. Stordy

Children Count is an interpretive exploration into the teaching of mathematics to children. Through the use of narratives to make meaning of particular pedagogic events, the book explores the possibilities that exist for children and for teachers if mathematics is allowed to thrive in schools as a living human enterprise. Such a re-conceptualized view of mathematics challenges the status quo and results in a different image of schooling. Children Count gives the reader a picture of what a classroom could look like when it includes creativity, inquiry-based learning, empowerment of children and teachers, academic rigor, holism, and integrated and generative curricula. The text captures the mistakes, choices, the actions, and the decision-making process of a teacher who reflects and learns from her students as she realizes she must listen to them because what they have to say counts.
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Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data

Stordy, Mary M., author. Children count: exploring what is possible in a classroom with mathematics and children / Mary M. Stordy. pages cm. — (Rethinking childhood; v. 51) Includes bibliographical references and index. 1. Mathematics—Study and teaching (Elementary) I. Title. QA135.6.S76 372.7’044—dc23 2014016403 ISBN 978-1-4331-1414-4 (hardcover) ISBN 978-1-4331-1413-7 (paperback) ISBN 978-1-4539-1385-7 (e-book) ISSN 1086-7155

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