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Raising Achievement In Secondary Mathematics Paperback – 6 Jan 2006
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About the Author
Anne Watson (sole author) is Reader in Mathematics Education at the University of Oxford. Before that she was a secondary mathematics teacher for many years, committed to raising achievements of learners from normally disadvantaged social groups. Being out of school has enabled her to spend a long time thinking about how she could have done that better, and researching how normal practices, both in classrooms and in educational systems and institutions, seem to conspire against sustained improvement. Learning from teachers, both informally and through research, has enabled her to develop arguments for radical changes in practice. She has published numerous books, papers and professional articles on the teaching of mathematics, and is in demand as a speaker in the UK and abroad.
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Once you get started you discover that the author does not have a clear idea of what it means to raise achievement, it certainly doesn't appear to mean getting better exam results. Instead she talks about social justice, the unfairness of setting, how teachers can't be trusted to assess students (particularly in bottom sets) and how unfair everything is. Once you get over this disappointment there's little left to do but get irritated at an author who: thinks that you make points by putting an exclamation mark at the end of a sentence; complains that strict discipline is a form of "low-level bullying"; treats observing one or two classes as meaningful research and praises the virtues of teachers who have nevertheless been unable to survive in teaching.
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