The Mathematical Resilience Book: How Everyone Can Progress in Mathematics

Author:   Sue Johnston-Wilder ,  Clare Lee
Publisher:   Taylor & Francis Ltd
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9781032368948


Pages:   296
Publication Date:   13 June 2024
Format:   Paperback
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This book is about mathematical resilience: what it is, why it is important, how learners can develop it and how teachers can teach in ways that help learners become mathematically resilient. Teaching for mathematical resilience helps mitigate mathematics anxiety, which is often hidden from view as poor behaviour, avoidance and underachievement and can have long-term implications especially for people’s employment opportunities and career progression. Written by a team of expert contributors that specialise in teaching every age of learner from primary school through to adult, the book shows that everyone can progress in mathematics if they have Mathematical Resilience and sets out practical strategies to support learners in developing this important attribute. Chapters cover: How to measure mathematics anxiety and resilience Tools for building mathematical resilience Building a resilient mathematical learning environment The power of coaching Working with groups, individuals and support staff Supporting parents and carers The world faces huge challenges that involve mathematical thinking, including climate change and economic injustice. This valuable text shows teachers how they can help learners to engage positively with mathematical learning and reach their full potential.

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Author:   Sue Johnston-Wilder ,  Clare Lee
Publisher:   Taylor & Francis Ltd
Imprint:   Routledge
Weight:   0.220kg
ISBN:  

9781032368948


ISBN 10:   1032368942
Pages:   296
Publication Date:   13 June 2024
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  Tertiary & Higher Education ,  Professional & Vocational
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   In Print   Availability explained
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Table of Contents

PART 1 Mathematical resilience 1. Mathematical resilience Clare Lee and Sue Johnston-Wilder 2. Recognising and measuring mathematics anxiety and resilience Thomas E. Hunt and Dominic Petronzi 3. Tools for building mathematical resilience Sue Johnston-Wilder and Clare Lee PART 2 Teaching for mathematical resilience 4. Building a resilient mathematical learning environment Robert Ward-Penny and John Thomas 5. Understanding the power of a coaching approach Debbie Inglis and Sue Johnston-Wilder 6. Working with groups of learners Robert Ward-Penny 7. Helping individual learners to make mathematics manageable Janet Kilpatrick Baker 8. Working with groups of support staff Georgie Ford and Sue Johnston-Wilder 9. Teacher-led mathematical resilience research Ben Sinclair, Telma Silveira Para, Masha Apostolidu and Aicha Hadji-Sonni PART 3 Working within the wider community 10. Communicating ideas about mathematical resilience to parents Rosemary Russell and Donna Wright 11. Working in Further Education and with adult learners Holly Heshmati and John Morgan 12. Mathematical resilience for lifelong learning Clare Lee PART 4 International considerations 13. Mathematics anxiety as a global problem International Authors 14. Mathematical resilience global developments International Authors PART 5 Looking forward 15. Mathematical resilience – What needs to change? Clare Lee and Sue Johnston-Wilder 16. Resilience-building problem-solving tasks – The future Gaye Williams 17. Continuing to work for mathematical resilience Sue Johnston-Wilder and Clare Lee

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"“This book advocates building mathematical resilience in learners, both adult and younger, that they will adapt to challenge, persevere and thrive. It argues that mathematical resilience underpins lifelong learning in a changing society. It provides inspiration and practical advice for teachers to transform the learning environment but it also aims to provoke change more widely in policy and attitudes towards mathematics.” Dr Jonathan Cole, School of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering ""For far too long, the emotional side of learning mathematics has been neglected. I enthusiastically embrace the thorough exploration of mathematics resilience in this comprehensive book. It is skillfully written by a vibrant community of mathematics educators, and expertly edited, making it an invaluable resource for mathematics teachers at all levels, ranging from young learners to university students."" Dr Julie Crowley, Munster Technological University “Anxiety around mathematics is a serious problem in our education system which has the effect of disenfranchising a huge proportion of the population. Lack of confidence in their own mathematical ability prevents many adults from making informed choices about their finances or health care and from progressing in their chosen career. Parents who suffer from maths anxiety may pass their fears on to their children embedding feelings of hopelessness and disempowerment. This book is essential reading for educators, parents and anyone who believes that numeracy is as essential as literacy in enabling young people to take a full and active role in society.” Lindsay Nicholson MBE, University of Warwick “Brilliant and essential. Everyone needs to read this book as a next-generation act of resilience-building. Its panoramic exploration decodes every imaginable aspect of the mathematics teaching and learning environment, within and beyond the classroom. Its optimism is reinforced by the definitive guide.” Dr Yuqian (Linda) Wang, Durham University “As someone who works in mathematics support in higher education, I encounter students with significant levels of mathematics anxiety on an almost daily basis. There is no other subject in the school curriculum that engenders so much anxiety. When did you ever encounter someone who broke out into a cold sweat at the thought of having to read some history? Or some biology? Having reasonable fluency with mathematical concepts is essential for being an informed member of 21st century society – and yet many are prevented from having such fluency because of their mathematical anxiety, not because they cannot actually “do the maths”. This book which brings together the current state of knowledge, not just relating to mathematics anxiety and resilience research but also, and more importantly, good practice in how to support those who are mathematically anxious and to develop mathematical resilience addresses a very important need. The present reality is that too many people have mathematics anxiety and it is essential that the education system recognises this and that appropriate teaching is put in place. However, we need to go beyond that – and this book does this – to ask why do so many people develop mathematics anxiety and how can we stop this happening in the first place. Prevention is better than cure and the final chapters of this book address how mathematics education might be reformed to reduce the number of people who develop mathematics anxiety in the first place. This book meets a significant need.” Professor Duncan Lawson, MBE, Coventry University “I am delighted to see this new book addressing maths resilience. Maths anxiety is now recognised worldwide with Sue and Clare having to take much of the credit for this level of awareness. The book has chapters written by authors /experts from around the world, from Australia to Chile, from the USA to Kenya, some 11 countries in all, each bringing new perspectives and insights to this important educational issue. The focus on resilience sets a positive tone, though, of course, anxiety is addressed, too. Although the academic focus is on maths, there is much that will be pertinent to other subjects and areas of study, such as the sciences. Education is not something that is offered up to the ether. It is for people, and we must factor them in. I feel that is stating the obvious, but the fact that contributions to this book are worldwide support the suggestion that we educators need to address the issue. I like that the chapters cover the age range from children to adults. Sadly, it is unlikely that learners outgrow their problems. Often it is quite the reverse. So, I welcome this book and I am sure it will have a positive influence on many lives, including the parents who often feel helpless in the face of the problems of motivating their children. I hope they, too, will fell that this is an important and useful book. I congratulate Sue and Clare for collecting together such an inspiring and international collection of expert authors. This book will make a significant contribution to a pervasive problem in education.” Steve Chinn, Visiting Professor at the University of Derby ""Comprehensive and evidence-based, this brand-new resource on resilience in maths intertwines critical topics like maths anxiety and growth mindset, offering a holistic perspective on nurturing resilience among learners. The approach not only enlightens but also equips educators, parents and teachers with many suggestions to transform their teaching methods. If you care at all about how young people learn maths, make sure this book is on your reading list.” Dr Sipho Morrison, Lecturer in Secondary Mathematics, University of London"


Author Information

Sue Johnston-Wilder is an associate professor of Maths Education at the University of Warwick and a Coach for Mathematical Resilience. Her background is secondary maths teaching, teacher development, mentoring and coaching. She has specialised in addressing maths anxiety and has co-developed the Mathematical Resilience framework. She is a co-founder of the International Mathematical Resilience Network. Clare Lee is a senior lecturer at The Open University teaching at master's and doctoral levels. Previously she taught mathematics at secondary schools for over 20 years. She has published many books and papers focusing on teaching mathematics effectively and allowing learners access to this important, exciting and useful subject.

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