Teaching Secondary School Mathematics by Colleen Vale

Teaching Secondary School Mathematics

Colleen Vale, Merrilyn Goos and Gloria Ann Stillman
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Offers an introduction to the fundamentals of teaching mathematics at secondary school level. This book incorporates developments in research and practice to show that, if learners are to develop mathematically powerful forms of thinking, teachers need to immerse them in the practices of the discipline by supporting a culture of collaboration.

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Excellent mathematics teachers make a major difference to the learning outcomes of the students they teach. What are the professional skills and knowledge that really matter?..Teaching Secondary School Mathematics is a research based introduction to the professional knowledge, attributes and practices needed to teach mathematics well at secondary level...The authors explain the challenges that secondary mathematics teachers face today, and how they can build on the experiences students bring from primary school and from outside the classroom to ensure students develop concepts and skills in mathematical thinking and a positive attitude to mathematics...They outline the secondary mathematical curriculum and methods of assessment, and examine the pedagogical strategies teachers can use to engage student interest in mathematical concepts. They emphasise the importance of working with mathematical reasoning and problem solving, real world applications, and mathematical communication skills. The core mathematical topics covered at secondary level are reviewed, and the authors also explore the issues teachers need to consider with students of diverse backgrounds...'
I highly recommend this book to practising mathematics teachers as well as pre-service teachers. The combination of research and practical teaching ideas ensures current and worthwhile advice for teaching secondary or middle school students.'..Dr Judy Anderson, The University of Sydney..'An excellent book - very readable, interspersed with useful tasks which are grounded in attending to effective classroom practices. A much overdue resource for initial teacher preparation courses.'..Associate Professor Glenda Anthony, Massey University

Winner of Australian Award for Excellence in Educational Publishing: Scholarly Reference 2008.

Author Biography

Merrilyn Goos is Associate Professor in the School of Education at The University of Queensland. Gloria Stillman is Senior Lecturer in Mathematics Education in the Faculty of Education at the University of Melbourne. Colleen Vale is Senior Lecturer in the School of Education at Victoria University.

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  • I really enjoy reading this book. Well written, practical, and perfectly suited for its purpose: teaching how to teach mathematics. A good blend of theory and practical information, with good coverage of Australian Curriculum. I would recommend this book

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