This book presents the key debates that the mathematics teacher will need to understand, reflect on and engage in as part of their professional development. Issues in Mathematics Teaching is suitable for those at initial training level right through to practising mathematics teachers. Its accessible structure enables the reader to pursue the issues raised as each chapter includes suggestions for further reading and questions for reflection or debate.
'Although written for practising teachers in primary and secondary schools, graduate students and mathematicians working in school contexts may find the discussions useful in gaining a greater understanding of the complexities that confront educators'. - Journal for Research in Mathematics Education
Part I Setting The Scene: Raising the Issues 1. What is at Issue in Mathematics Teaching? Part II Issues in the Social Context of Mathematics Education 2. Mathematics Teaching in the Real World 3. Language, Social Class and Underachievement in School Mathematics 4. Gender, Reason and Emotion in Secondary Mathematics Classrooms 5. Ethnicity and Mathematics Education 6. We've Still Got to Learn! 'Students' Perspectives on Ability Grouping and Mathematics Achievement 7. What Values do You Teach When You Teach Mathematics? 8. Policy Practices and Principles in Teaching Numeracy: What Makes a Difference? Part III Issues in the Teaching and Learning of Mathematics 9. Teaching Mathematics Resourcefully 10. Dealing with Misconceptions in Mathematics 11. Adjusting to the Newcomer: Roles for the Computer in Mathematics Classrooms 12. Reading Mathematics Texts 13. Personal, Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Issues in Teaching Mathematics Part IV Issues in the Assessment of Mathematics 14. Making Judgements About Pupils' Mathematics 15. The Place of Student Writing in Learning Teaching and Assessing Mathematics 16. Social Class and "Real-Life" Mathematics Part V Issues in the Culture of Mathematics Teaching 17. Inclusion, Learning and Teaching Mathematics: Beliefs and Values 18. Critical Mathematics Education 19. Comparing International Practice in the Teaching of Mathematics