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The Learning and Teaching of Mathematical Literacy: Making Mathematics Useful for Everyone

This new book from Professor Hugh Burkhardt and colleagues is now available for pre-order.


Typically, most people don’t realize when and how they can use the mathematics they were taught in high school - yet many of the mathematical ideas and skills can be a powerful tool for understanding how the world works. The Learning and Teaching of Mathematical Literacy addresses this situation, offering practical strategies for developing a broader vision of mathematical literacy in the classroom and recognising the importance of maintaining these skills into adult life. Linked to the material explored throughout this book, classroom activities and lesson materials are freely available for use via the QR codes included in each chapter.

Filled with case studies and classroom activities, chapters tackle topics such as:

  • Describing a framework for a broader vision of mathematical literacy – what is it, and why is it important?
  • Teaching mathematical literacy in the classroom
  • Applying mathematical literacy to ‘real life’ scenarios: My dad is buying a new dishwasher. Should he buy the extended warranty on offer? My phone works fine but I've been offered an upgrade. How should I decide whether to take it?
  • The role of technology in teaching mathematical literacy
  • Designing mathematical measures for real-word quantities

Firmly grounded by practical applications for the classroom and beyond, this is an essential handbook for any teacher, teaching assistant, mathematics subject lead who wishes to develop their students’ mathematical literacy skills. This is also an ideal ready for those delivering or enrolled in teacher preparation courses.

Please visit the publisher's website for more information and to pre-order.

Posted on Monday 4th September 2023

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