This month The Mathematical Association celebrates not only 150 years since it was founded in 1871, but also 50 years of its journal Mathematics in School.
As part of our celebration, we are delighted to be making this issue of MiS available free of charge as an eMagazine (see the link below).
This issue, guest edited by mathematics author and former MA President Rob Eastaway, looks at school maths from the perspective of those who aren’t maths teachers, and explores what can be done to build stronger links between maths and other school subjects.
In the opening feature, Andrew Jeffrey looks at the part maths plays in the lives of professionals across a diverse range of careers. Interviewees include BBC journalist Anna Foster, civil engineer Mimi Nwosu, and musician Samara Ginsberg – who have plenty to say about which aspects of the curriculum they feel should be given the greatest priority.
Jude Mortimer questions what we mean by ‘numerate’ adults as she reveals the surprising maths skills acquired by adults who lack maths qualifications in the feature ‘Where does the maths go?’. Meanwhile Donald MacCormick wonders why his love of school maths is not shared by his son in his feature ‘Maths through a parental lens’; and sixth formers from schools across the country give us their views of GCSE maths.
As a central pull-out feature of the journal, there is a maths exam that has been set by history, art, music and other non-maths teachers, as a thought experiment in how maths could become more of a cross-curriculum discipline.
Whether you are a maths teacher or a curious ‘outsider’, this golden anniversary edition is an interesting and thought-provoking read.
To view the free eMagazine click here.
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