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Myths and Legends of Mastery in the Mathematics Curriculum

Myths and Legends of Mastery in the Mathematics Curriculum

April 2020 | 144 pages | Learning Matters

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.

Chapter 1: Defining Mastery- Anne Mulligan & Diane Cochrane
Chapter 2: Developmental side of mastery – conceptual understanding - Louise H Staples
Chapter 3: Coordination of mathematics in a mastery environment - Rosalyn Hyde & Pinky Jain
Chapter 4: Learning to master mathematics in the Early Years - Thomas Weaver
Chapter 5: Subject knowledge - Rosalyn Hyde, Louise Hoskyns-Staples & Mary O'Connor
Chapter 6: Learning from other worlds - Pinky Jain
Chapter 7: Moving towards classrooms that foster deep conceptual understanding and reasoning - Sally Bamber & Rosa Archer
Chapter 8: Developing and Sustaining Mastery in Early Career Teachers - Helen Farmery and Anne Mulligan

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.

Ms Nicola Tierney
School of Education, St Mary's University, Twickenham
August 19, 2021

Lots of key information subject knowledge and pedagogy of primary mathematics.

Dr Jack Bryne Stothard
Education, Health and Sciences, Derby University
April 3, 2021

Great introductory book for anyone looking at Mastery

Mrs Geraldine Anita Parks
Department of Education, St Mary's University College (Belfast)
June 7, 2021

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.

Dr Pete Boyd
Education (Lancaster), University of Cumbria
September 21, 2020

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.

Mrs Jo Skelton
Department of Education, Oxford Brookes University
September 7, 2020