This is a book about teaching mathematics in schools. There are many excellent books about teaching mathematics that are driven by pedagogy, psychology or research.
This book is different. It is driven by the mathematics that underpins the school mathematics curriculum, informed by the authors’ experiences and opinions. In the field of pedagogy, there are very few fixed “knowns”. Mathematics, on the other hand, is a well-founded rock. So, the thoughts and advice provided by Keith Parramore and Joan Stephens are anchored to that rock. Lessons Learned from Maths Lessons is based on observations in secondary schools, and many sections are relevant to primary school mathematics. The authors are a husband-and-wife team of practising mathematicians, with a wealth of experience in supporting trainee teachers. They have learned something new and/or interesting from every mathematics lesson they have observed.
One objective of this book is to share some of that learning with the reader. A second objective is to promote an approach to teaching mathematics that empowers pupils and promotes understanding. Trainee teachers often identify specific topic areas that they perceive they need to develop. Parramore and Stephens argue that the greater need is for them to develop depth rather than breadth, to truly explore the mathematical foundations of what they are teaching.
About the Authors
Keith Parramore and Joan Stephens are a husband-and-wife team of mathematicians. Joan began her career as a systems programmer in an industrial context and Keith as an operational research scientist in industry and in banking.
They soon moved into teaching. Joan worked in comprehensive schools and then as head of mathematics in a mixed voluntary-aided school. Keith started in an independent boys’ school and went on to become head of mathematics and deputy headteacher of a large mixed comprehensive school.
Keith was later a mathematics lecturer at the University of Brighton, while Joan was a lecturer in mathematics, statistics and mathematics education at the University of Chichester. In retirement from their university posts, they have spent 30 years between them as visiting tutors to trainee teachers. Lessons Learned from Maths Lessons relates mostly to their time spent supporting trainee teachers of mathematics.
|Author||Keith Parramore and Joan Stephens|
|No of pages||236|
|Publication Date||5 Sep 2022|