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The Sociology of Mathematics Education: Mathematical Myths / Pedagogic Texts

Paul Dowling



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Routledge Falmer
27 November 1997
Philosophy & theory of education; Teaching of a specific subject; Educational equipment & technology, computer-aided learning (CAL); Educational: Mathematics & numeracy
Until the 1960s, maths was studied as an academic subject in a desire to have more mathematicians. The current trend, however, has moved away from viewing maths as a purely intellectual endeavour and towards developing a more mathematically competent workforce and citizenry. This trend has seen a large increase in the number of maths schemes being produced by the major educational publishers, which attempt to make maths easier and more approachable by using language instead of symbols. So why do so many children still fail at maths? The author contends that to understand this, teachers need to analyze and evaluate the maths textbooks they are currently using. The author shows the reader how to systematically analyze and evaluate these textbooks. This interrogation of classroom resources, should have important implications for teaching strategies and for textbook design and use.
By:   Paul Dowling
Imprint:   Routledge Falmer
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 156mm,  Spine: 24mm
Weight:   748g
ISBN:   9780750707916
ISBN 10:   0750707917
Series:   Studies in Mathematics Education
Pages:   352
Publication Date:   27 November 1997
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  Postgraduate, Research & Scholarly ,  A / AS level ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

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