Teaching Mathematics at Secondary Level

OBP Series in Mathematics

Book 2
Open Book Publishers
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Teaching Mathematics is nothing less than a mathematical manifesto. Arising in response to a limited National Curriculum, and engaged with secondary schooling for those aged 11 ̶ 14 (Key Stage 3) in particular, this handbook for teachers will help them broaden and enrich their students’ mathematical education. It avoids specifying how to teach, and focuses instead on the central principles and concepts that need to be borne in mind by all teachers and textbook authors—but which are little appreciated in the UK at present.This study is aimed at anyone who would like to think more deeply about the discipline of ‘elementary mathematics’, in England and Wales and anywhere else. By analysing and supplementing the current curriculum, Teaching Mathematics provides food for thought for all those involved in school mathematics, whether as aspiring teachers or as experienced professionals. It challenges us all to reflect upon what it is that makes secondary school mathematics educationally, culturally, and socially important.
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About the author

Tony Gardiner, former Reader in Mathematics and Mathematics Education at the University of Birmingham, was responsible for the foundation of the United Kingdom Mathematics Trust in 1996, one of the UK’s largest mathematics enrichment programs. In 1997 Gardiner served as President of the Mathematical Association, and in 2011 was elected Education Secretary of the London Mathematical Society. In 2016 he received the International Award for Excellence in Mathematics Education from Texas A&M University.

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Publisher
Open Book Publishers
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Published on
Feb 8, 2016
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Pages
334
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ISBN
9781783741403
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Language
English
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Genres
Education / Teaching Methods & Materials / General
Education / Teaching Methods & Materials / Mathematics
Mathematics / General
Mathematics / Study & Teaching
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