Interest in maths textbook fell out of fashion in the 1970s. The renewed interest is largely the result of a paper from Tim Oates — ‘Why Textbooks Count.’
The report is worth reading in full, but a key takeaway is the statistic that only 10 percent of teachers in England use maths textbooks as the basis for their teaching. If you look at Singapore, that number jumps from 10 percent to 70 percent — a huge gap.
This ‘very problematic’ ethos, Oates concludes, is a contributing factor in England’s poor maths performance in international league tables. Recently, he spoke to that fact at our leadership conference: ‘It’s not surprising that textbook use is so low; the quality hasn’t been great. But the low use has also been driven by an anti-textbook ethos.’
Watch the talk in full below.