In this reader, maths teachers in the early years of their careers will find a concise yet comprehensive guide to developments in mathematics teaching in secondary schools and the controversies which currently surround it. After a brief summary of the historical context, a series of short articles provides a range of perspectives on various issues of current debate which will help new teachers in the development of their own teaching styles. These include the impact of computers and calculators in maths teaching, the various arguments about the use of published schemes and for more investigational approaches to the curriculum, and the way in which social and cultural factors can be approached through the teaching of various topics in mathematics. The final section looks at how teachers might continue their professional development through action research in their own classrooms.
Reviewd with Aspects of Teaching Secondary Mathematics:'The contributors to these two collections for the OU's flexible PGCE stimulate the kinds of reflection on teaching essential to developing professionalism.' - Hugh Burkhardt, Times Educational Supplement