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What does mathematical understanding mean?

Deep understanding in mathematics requires more than just memorising isolated facts and rehearsing algorithms. It's about making connections, explaining methods and solutions and asking why.

One significant area is how you communicate your understanding.

Why is it important?

Without deep understanding, students lose the ability after time to reproduce methods they have rote learnt.

By delving deeply into topics and thinking about our learning, we develop long term understanding.

 

What's involved?

There are four areas that will help develop understanding: