Maths Hub – CPA Approach: Primary

Are you begging and borrowing concrete resources? Come and find out about low cost ways of making the concrete and pictorial available and accessible in your classroom.

Concrete, pictorial, abstract (CPA) is a highly effective approach to teaching that develops a deep and sustainable understanding of maths in pupils. Often referred to as the concrete, representational, abstract framework CRA was developed by American psychologist Jerome Bruner. It is well-known that teachers experience time pressure in attempting to complete the assigned syllabus within the constraints of the allocated time (Assude, 2005; Leong & Chick,)

2011). Working regularly under such conditions of limited time to ‘cover topics’, there is a natural tendency to get to the main skills to teach for each topic in the most time-efficient way. This results in a quick convergence to the rules and formulas that students are expected to learn, side-stepping other modes of representation and proceeding straight to the ‘Abstract’. Doing so, often means students’ sense-making is by-passed.

Thursday 31 January 2019 4.00pm-5.15pm

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