Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxxiii
  2. Alison Millett, Tamara Bibby
    Pages 1-17
  3. Alison Millett, David C. Johnson
    Pages 57-95
  4. Alison Millett, Mike Askew, Shirley Simon
    Pages 127-154
  5. David C. Johnson, Jeremy Hodgen, Mundher Adhami
    Pages 185-217
  6. Alison Millett, Margaret Brown, Mike Askew
    Pages 245-255
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 275-289

About this book


Abstract. This introduction sets the scene for the remainder of the book by considering first the international context of widespread concern about the improvement of numeracy skills. This is related to reform movements in the United Kingdom, the United States and other countries aimed at modernising primary (elementary) school mathematics curricula. A detailed account is given of the National Numeracy Strategy in England, a systemic government-imposed response to concern about standards implemented in 1999/2000. This includes a discussion of the alternative meanings of numeracy. An earlier initiative sponsored by a United Kingdom charitable trust reacting to concern about primary numeracy was the Leverhulme Numeracy Research Programme. This large-scale longitudinal study and linked set of case-study projects, focusing on reasons for low attainment, took place during 1997-2002. This book, and each other in the same series, is based on results of that research. The timescale fortuitously enabled the research team to also report on some effects of the systemic reform in the National Numeracy Strategy. 1. THE INTERNATIONAL CONTEXT In many countries, there are recurring periods of national concern about the low standards of calculation skills shown by children in primary (elementary) schools. Recently, these concerns have become more urgent and more political with the publication of international comparisons of mathematical achievement, first at secondary and more recently at primary level (e. g. Lapointe, Mead, & Askew 1992; Mullis et al. , 1997).


complexity curriculum development dynamics education management mathematics media numeracy primary school reform research rhetoric school teaching

Editors and affiliations

  • Alison Millett
    • 1
  • Margaret Brown
    • 1
  • Mike Askew
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Education and Professional StudiesKing’s CollegeLondonUK

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science + Business Media, Inc. 2004
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4020-1914-2
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4020-1915-9
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