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Children thinking multiplicatively

Multiplicative thinking is one of the ‘big ideas’ of mathematics, yet research shows that a significant number of children have not developed this key skill by the time they leave primary school.

By supporting children to develop as multiplicative thinkers, we better prepare them for their transition to upper primary and secondary mathematics than if they continue to think additively.


This half-day session, informed by three years of research involving 1000+ children from eight schools, will broaden your existing understanding of multiplicative thinking and its value.

What will you learn through this workshop?

  • Build effective strategies for developing multiplicative thinking
  • Approach multiplicative thinking from a conceptual rather than procedural standpoint
  • Develop a deeper understanding of the value of multiplicative thinking

Register for this session

Title Children thinking multiplicatively
Presented by Dr Chris Hurst

Date: TBC

Time: 9am – 12pm

Location: Building 501, Curtin University, Kent Street, Bentley

Morning tea will be provided.

chris hurst

About your presenter

Dr Chris Hurst commenced his career as a primary teacher in 1969, teaching in government and independent schools. He has also served as a primary deputy principal, curriculum support coordinator and secondary teacher.

Chris is a trained facilitator in First Steps in Mathematics and has used his broad experience to conduct many professional development courses for primary teachers.

At Curtin, Chris is responsible for overseeing mathematics education in the Bachelor of Education (Primary) course. He is an active researcher in the areas of mathematical knowledge of teachers and pre-service teachers, children’s multiplicative thinking, and teacher attitudes to mathematics and mathematics teaching.