Myths and Legends of Mastery in the Mathematics Curriculum
- Pinky Jain - Leeds Beckett University, UK
- Rosalyn Hyde - University of Southampton
This book supports trainee and beginning teachers to understand what 'mastery' is and how to effectively integrate it into class teaching. It explores how 'mastery' is viewed and supported in other countries and encourages a critical examination of this topical theme. The text includes practical advice and examples of learning activities for teaching in both secondary and primary settings. It also outlines how to support children who might be weaker in their mathematical abilities and still ensure that all children master mathematics. The text also supports those who are developing whole school mastery approaches and looks at how we can assess 'mastery' as well as how we can be confident that it is supporting good progress. The text considers the range of evidence around the 'maths mastery' approach and supports schools and teachers to develop better understanding of mastery, what it really means and how they can deploy it in the classroom.
A number of chapters correspond to topics we want to cover in the course. It's up-to-date and the range of contributors opens up potential sources to students.
Lots of key information subject knowledge and pedagogy of primary mathematics.
Great introductory book for anyone looking at Mastery
This is an important book because moving to mastery approaches to mathematics is a government policy in England and yet is contested and complex. This book provides a useful range of perspectives on aspects of mastery as a concept and as an approach within the context of teaching mathematics. The editors and authors are almost entirely working as university based teacher educators and this perhaps does limit the perspectives represented to some extent but offers a useful resistance and critique of some of the myths of mastery.
A well-structured and comprehensive overview of the aspects and issues of teaching for mastery. Very useful for the specialist maths pathways for our BA students.