THE WORLD OF MATHS Essay - 1500 words. ASSESSMENT OVERVIEW This assessment requires you to write an essay that explores the way in which we teach mathematics in a contemporary learning environment. This task is assessing your ability to demonstrate that you meet the criteria for the following unit learning outcomes: 5. describe the nature and development of mathematical thinking and numeracy processes in children. ASSESSMENT DETAILS You are required to write your essay in response to the following quote: It is crucial to develop in children the ability to tackle problems with initiative and confidence… mathematics has changed from careful rehearsal of standard procedure to a focus on mathematical thinking and communication to prepare them for the world of tomorrow. - (anghileri, 2006, p.2) Your essay should be informed by your understanding of theories and contemporary perspectives of the nature and development of children’s mathematical thinking. Have an understanding of both historical and contemporary perspectives and the impact of these perspectives upon pedagogy in contemporary education across early childhood and primary contexts. ESSAY STRUCTURE Introduction: write a clear introduction which frames the essay (approximately 10% of the word count). Main body: identify and briefly discuss the quote to scaffold the following sections of the essay: - Select and justify one theoretical perspective on learning i.e. Constructivism or Behaviourism that you believe is best suited to the learning and teaching of maths. - Demonstrate a thorough understanding of the selected theoretical perspective and also explain why it is better suited (in comparison with one other theoretical perspective) to the learning and teaching of maths. - Identify and describe why maths teaching and learning has left behind rehearsal and should be about playfulness, fun and creativity; this links to pedagogy. Conclusion: conclude with a detailed summary about the nature and development of mathematical thinking and numeracy processes in children in the 21st century (approximately 10% of the word count). Reference list: all resources that you have cited in-text in the essay need to be referenced in APA style.