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Forrester, P. A. (2009). Textbook dilemmas. In R. Hunter, B. Bicknell & T. Burgess (Eds.), Merga32: Crossing Divides : Vol. 1: Proceedings of the 32nd Annual Conference of the Mathematics Research Group of Australasia, Massey University, Wellington, 5 -9 July 2009 (pp. 193-200). Palmerston North, New Zealand: MERGA.


This paper originates from a qualitative self-study into the lived experiences of the author, as a beginning teacher of primary school mathematics. The focus of the study was to identify the influences, issues and challenges of a beginning teacher trying to implement reform-oriented teaching practices. One of the important issues to emerge from data collected in both years of the study was the use of a compulsory textbook and the authors changing perceptions (as teacher and researcher) of its role and value as a teaching and learning tool.

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