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Good source materials but requires work from the reader
on 2 July 2013
From an academic perspective this is a good solid publication, bringing together some key ideas, research and findings in one book. However, it does read like academic research (I'm an ex-academic and have spent most of my working life in roles that involve research of one form or another) which means that there's plenty of discussion and debate, but I felt that for the more general reader and especially for the teaching practitioner, there isn't enough gathering, concluding and recommending to turn this into a truly practical guide for teachers of mathematics.
Basically, if you're a parent looking for ways to help your children with their maths, or busy teacher looking for practical and pragmatic ideas on how to improve your teaching or incorporate the latest findings on how children acquire maths skills, you'll need to to a lot more work to distil out the best stuff from this work.
It's good, solid stuff, it just requires the reader to do the digesting...