Excellence and Equity in Global Education

Professor Margaret Walshaw (CeRME member) with Professor Roger Openshaw (Massey University) are co-authors of a new mathematics/science education research text in the Palgrave series on Excellence and Equity in Global Education. Transnational Synergies in School Mathematics and Science Debates provides an analysis of national and international debates concerning excellence and equity, and the tensions between these key concepts. The authors question why such debates focus largely on perceived underachievement in mathematics and science rather on any shortfall in music, art, social studies or physical education standards. In critiquing various policy efforts to a achieve equity and excellence, the authors offer explanations as to why New Zealand has been attracted to reforms of other nations for direction to solve its political and social struggles around education.