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Debates in Mathematics Educationexplores and highlights the major issues and debates mathematics teachers will encounter throughout their professional life. By opening up theory and research in a way that is linked to practice, the book encourages teachers to consider relevant debates in order to reach their own informed judgements and reflect on their own teaching practice. Written by a team of experts in the field, the chapters provide a balanced and comprehensive take on historical and current mathematics debates. Covering a broad range of issues in the pedagogy, politics, philosophy and sociology of mathematics education, the book reflects wider trends in mathematics education research and presents this research in an accessible but academic manner. Debates considered include: Gender, social class and ethnicity in the mathematics classroom Popular culture and mathematics Politics and mathematics The history of mathematics The concept of 'ability' and its impact on learning The notion and importance of mathematical literacy Theory and methods for teaching and learning mathematics Curriculum and assessment Providing up-to-date, in-depth material to inform and help shape research, writing and practice and develop a deeper understanding of the debates surrounding mathematics education, this book will be a valuable resource for any student or practising teacher engaged in initial teacher training, continuing professional development and Masters level study.