How Craig Barton wishes he’d taught maths

Gowers, William Timothy (2019) How Craig Barton wishes he’d taught maths. At Right Angles (5). pp. 83-88. ISSN 2582-1873

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A couple of months ago, I can’t remember precisely how, I became aware of a book called How I Wish I’d Taught Maths, by Craig Barton, that seemed to be highly thought of. The basic idea was that Craig Barton is an experienced, and by the sound of things very good, maths teacher who used to take a number of aspects of teaching for granted, until he looked into the mathematics-education literature and came to realize that many of his cherished beliefs were completely wrong. Since I’ve always been interested in the question of how best to teach mathematics, both because of my own university teaching and because from time to time I like to pontificate about school-level teaching, I decided to order the book. More surprisingly, given my past history of buying books that I felt I ought to read, I read it from cover to cover, all 450 pages of it.

Item Type: Articles in APF Magazines
Authors: Gowers, William Timothy
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Uncontrolled Keywords: Mathematics, pedagogy, beliefs, unlearning, learning
Subjects: Natural Sciences > Mathematics
Divisions: Azim Premji University > University Publications > At Right Angles
Full Text Status: Public
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