Teaching Mathematics at Secondary Level

Teaching Mathematics at Secondary Level Tony Gardiner
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This book offers a very thoughtful and thought-provoking analysis of the current English curriculum specification. In so doing, it offers deep insights into the nature of mathematics teaching and learning. It should be part of every mathematics teacher's toolkit, both in the UK and beyond, as well as that of researchers, teacher educators and policy makers.

—Paul Andrews, Professor of Mathematics Education, Stockholms universitet


Teaching Mathematics
is nothing less than a mathematical manifesto. Arising in response to a limited National Curriculum, and engaged with secondary schooling for those aged 11 ̶ 14 (Key Stage 3) in particular, this handbook for teachers will help them broaden and enrich their students’ mathematical education. It avoids specifying how to teach, and focuses instead on the central principles and concepts that need to be borne in mind by all teachers and textbook authors—but which are little appreciated in the UK at present.
This study is aimed at anyone who would like to think more deeply about the discipline of ‘elementary mathematics’, in England and Wales and anywhere else. By analysing and supplementing the current curriculum, Teaching Mathematics provides food for thought for all those involved in school mathematics, whether as aspiring teachers or as experienced professionals. It challenges us all to reflect upon what it is that makes secondary school mathematics educationally, culturally, and socially important.


Teaching Mathematics at Secondary Level
Tony Gardiner | March 2016
xiv + 320 | 6.14" x 9.21" (234 x 156 mm)
OBP Series in Mathematics, vol. 2 | ISSN: 2397-1126 (Print); 2397-1134 (Online)
ISBN Paperback: 9781783741373
ISBN Hardback: 9781783741380
ISBN Digital (PDF): 9781783741397
ISBN Digital ebook (epub): 9781783741403
ISBN Digital ebook (mobi): 9781783741410
DOI: 10.11647/OBP.0071
BIC subject codes: JNT (Teaching skills and techniques), PB (Mathematics), YQM (Educational: Mathematics and numeracy)


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About the author
Introduction and summary

I. Background: Why focus on Key Stage 3?

II. The general advice in the Key Stage 3 programme of study
     1.Aims
     2.Working mathematically

III. The listed subject content for Key Stage 3
     1.Number (and ratio and proportion)
     2.Algebra
     3.Geometry and measures
     4.Probability and Statistics

IV. A sample curriculum for all—written from a humane mathematical viewpoint
     1.Very Brief version
     2.Brief version


Tony Gardiner, former Reader in Mathematics and Mathematics Education at the University of Birmingham, was responsible for the foundation of the United Kingdom Mathematics Trust in 1996, one of the UK’s largest mathematics enrichment programs. In 1997 Gardiner served as President of the Mathematical Association, and in 2011 was elected Education Secretary of the London Mathematical Society. In 2016 he received the International Award for Excellence in Mathematics Education from Texas A&M University.