Risp Books

  • Starting Points, C.S.Banwell. K.D. Saunders, D.S. Tahta
    Simply the best mathematics education book I've ever read. Witty, wise and hands-on. Where this site began.
    Tarquin 1986 (or earlier?) ISBN 0906212510
  • Whatever Next? Ideas for use on A Level Mathematics Courses,
    An ATM activity book, written by a number of teachers.
    Lots of excellent ideas, helpfully presented. Encouraged me to experiment for myself.
    ATM 1988, ISBN 0900095725
  • 6th Dimension, Developing Teaching Styles in A Level Mathematics,
    Editor: Laurinda Brown
    A wealth of rich and open possibilities for inquisitive mathematicians.
    Resources for Learning Development Unit, Bristol, 1986-1988, no ISBN
  • Proofs and Refutations, Imre Lakatos
    Effectively argues for a risp-based approach to mathematics, rather than a deductivist one. Some really tough material at times here, but the start is fun and compelling.
    Cambridge University Press, ISBN 0521290384
  • Designing and Using Mathematical Tasks, John Mason and Sue Johnston-Wilder
    Written for the ME825 course Researching Mathematical Learning, run by the Open University.
    Provides a wonderful philosophical framework for the construction of classroom tasks. Especially strong on a wide range of techniques for presenting any given risp.
    The Open University 2004, ISBN 074925534x
  • Improving Learning in Mathematics: Challenges and Strategies, Malcolm Swann
    Outlines the philosophy underpinning the Standards Unit material for teaching A Level mathematics released in 2005. A range of ways to breathe life into your classroom.
    DFES 2005, Crown Copyright, ISBN 184478537x
  • A Handbook on Rich Learning Tasks, Gary Flewelling with William Higginson
    Subtitled 'Realising a Vision of Tomorrow's Mathematics Classroom', this book is full of pithy philosophy concerning the use of risps in mathematics teaching. Especially strong on assessing rich tasks. Written in a warm and accessible style.
    Queens University, Ontario, 2001, ISBN - none
    Available from the AAMT (Australian Association of Mathematics Teachers)