© 2013 – Routledge
176 pages | 37 B/W Illus.
‘This book moves us beyond a theoretical pondering of the issues and makes concrete suggestions for teachers and students for how things can be different in mathematics classrooms. This is long overdue.’
Peter Gates, University of Nottingham
Teaching Mathematics as if the Planet Matters explores how Mathematics teachers can develop approaches to curriculum and learning which help students understand the nature of the contemporary world. It sets out a model for teaching and learning that allows teachers to examine existing approaches to teaching and draw upon the insights of mathematics as a discipline to help students relate classroom mathematics to global issues such as climate change, the economy, food supplies, biodiversity, human rights, and social justice.
Including practical examples, suggestions for teaching activities and detailed further reading sections, the book covers:
The true worth of a school subject is revealed in how far it can account for and respond to the major issues of the time. The issue of the environment cuts across subject boundaries and requires an interdisciplinary response. Mathematics teachers are part of that response and they have a crucial role in helping students to respond to environmental issues and representations.
Section 1. A Critical Stance on Global Issues 1. The Role of Mathematics in Shaping our World 2. The Ecomony 3. Climate Change 4. Food 5. Biodiversity 6. Towards a Mathematics for Human Rights and Social Justice Section 2. Into the Classroom as if the Planet Matters 7. Critical Mathematics Education – from theory to practice 8. Starting from Statistics 9. Starting from Algebra 10. Starting from Number 11. Starting from Geometry 12. Starting from Probability
The environmental crisis forms an increasingly important part of the wider culture in which young people are growing up. The signs are that these issues will become more pressing and urgent in the immediate future. However, despite the obvious importance of these issues, most schooling continues with little direct engagement with questions of environmental change
The true worth of a school subject is revealed in how far it can account for and respond to the major issues of the time. The books in this series are about teaching school subjects with a commitment to Education for Sustainable Development.
The Teaching ... as if the Planet Matters series of books will inform teachers about environmental issues and offer inspiration for teaching lessons with critical environmental awareness. Practical advice will be provided on how teachers can develop approaches to curriculum and learning which help students understand the nature of the contemporary world.