Debates in Mathematics Education explores the major issues that mathematics teachers encounter in their daily lives. It engages with established and contemporary debates, promotes and supports critical reflection and aims to stimulate both novice and experienced teachers to reach informed judgements and argue their point of view with deeper theoretical knowledge and understanding.
Written by experts in the field of mathematics education, it investigates and offers fresh insight into topics of central importance, including:
Designed to stimulate discussion and support you in your own research, writing and practice, Debates in Mathematics Education will be a valuable resource for any student or practising teacher engaged in initial teacher training, continuing professional development or Masters level study. It also has much to offer to those leading initial teacher education programmes, and to beginning doctoral students looking for a survey of the field of mathematics education research.
Acknowledgements Notes on Contributors Introduction: Welcome to Debates In Mathematics Education Section I: Debates in the Social and Political Context of Mathematics Education Introduction 1. Ability Thinking2. From Good Will Hunting To Deal Or No Deal: Using Popular Culture in the Mathematics Classroom 3. Mathematics and Politics? Climate Change in the Mathematics Classroom4. School Mathematics as Social Classification5. Mathematics and Gender6. Made for Mathematics? Implications for Teaching and Learning Section II: Debates in the Teaching and Learning of Mathematics Introduction 7. Mental Maths - Just about what we do in our heads?8. System Error? Debating Digital Technologies in Mathematics Education 9. The Role of Examples in Mathematics Teaching10. History of Mathematics in and for the Curriculum 11. Should ‘Teaching for Understanding’ be the Pinnacle of Mathematics Education?12. A Pedagogy for Attainment for all Section III: Debates in Mathematics Curriculum and Assessment Introduction 13. Debates in Mathematics Curriculum and Assessment14. Mathematical Literacy: What is it? And is it Important?15. Assessment in Mathematics Education: Key Debates16. The Fitness and Impact of GCSE Mathematics Examinations 17. Choosing the Future: A-Level Mathematics