Mathematics for Primary School Teachers has been digitally published by Saide, with the Wits School of Education. It is a revised version of a course originally written for the Bureau for In-service Teacher Development (Bited) at the then Johannesburg College of Education (now Wits School of Education).
The course is for primary school teachers (Foundation and Intermediate Phase) and consists of six content units on the topics of geometry, numeration, operations, fractions, statistics and measurement. Though they do not cover the entire curriculum, the six units cover content from all five mathematics content areas represented in the curriculum.
In this unit, the four operations – addition, subtraction, multiplication and division – are discussed. Each operation is first introduced as a concept, after which different algorithms that can be used to perform the operations with ever-increasing efficiency, are then given and explained.
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