The Maths We Need Now

Demands, deficits and remedies

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Format:
Paperback / softback, 186 pages, 210 mm x 148 mm
ISBN:
9780854736164
Published:
1 Sep 2000
Imprint:
Institute of Education

Price: £15.99

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Higher level mathematical qualifications are in demand across industry and commerce. Yet, in the United Kingdom, the amount of mathematics studied by 15- and 16-year-olds has actually fallen. The majority of students achieve less than GCSE grade C in mathematics by the age of 16 and then abandon the subject. A cycle of deficiency in mathematics education is perpetuated as insufficient numbers study it at degree level and a decreasing proportion of those qualified want to teach. The authors are distinguished researchers in mathematics education, the economics of education, and longitudinal studies. They bring together new evidence on the importance of mathematics in the labour market, the growing disparity between school mathematics and the demands of higher education, and the disjunction between the British mathematics curriculum and those of all our major competitors. They also argue eloquently for the importance of mathematics as the focus of policy-makers' attention, and explain what this means for effective teaching and learning.

  • Clare Tikly

    Mathematical Sciences Group

    Institute of Education, University of London

  • Alison Wolf

    Mathematical Sciences Group

    Institute of Education, University of London

  • John Bynner

    Centre for Longitudinal Studies

    Institute of Education, University of London

  • Samantha Parsons

    Centre for Longitudinal Studies

    Institute of Education, University of London

  • Peter J. Dolton

    Institute of Education, University of London and University of Newcastle upon Tyne

  • Anna F. Vignoles

    Centre for Economic Performance

    London School of Economics and Political Science

  • Rosamund Sutherland

    Graduate School of Education

    University of Bristol

  • Janet Ainley

    Mathematics Education Research Centre

    Institute of Education, University of Warwick

  • Celia Hoyles

    Mathematical Sciences Group

    Institute of Education, University of London

  • Richard Noss

    Mathematical Sciences Group

    Institute of Education, University of London

1 The State of Mathematics Education by Clare Tikly and Alison Wolf
2 The Impact of Poor Numeracy on Employment and Career Progression by John Bynner and Samantha Parsons
3 The Pay-off to Mathematics A Level by Peter J. Dolton and Anna F. Vignoles
4 Disjunctions between School and University: The Case of Mathematics by Rosamund Sutherland
5 Mathematics for Some of Mathematics for All? Curious UK Practices in International Context by Alison Wolf
6 Constructing Purposeful Mathematical Activity in Primary Classrooms by Janet Ainley
7 Facts and Fantasies: What Mathematics Should our Children Learn? by Celia Hoyles and Richard Noss

This thought-provoking collection of papers asks whether we are teaching the right kind of maths, and enough of it, to enough of our children for long enough. It looks at the teaching and learning in maths, comparing England and Wales with other countries. It should be compulsory reading for all who are concerned with education policy.

, TES Maths Curriculum Supplement

…this is a very informative book indeed, and a very useful source of facts and (of course) figures…I enjoyed reading the book and am the wiser for doing so…

Tim Rowland, University of Cambridge, Mathematics in School, 32:1