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THE SHROPSHIRE MATHEMATICS EXPERIMENT




THIS PAGE 'SM'


See also other Penguin Education related series:

Penguin Education X1-X99 (page 1)
'SH' PENGUIN HISTORY OF BRITAIN
'UPS' PENGUIN MODERN PSYCHOLOGY





THE SHROPSHIRE MATHEMATICS EXPERIMENT

The Shropshire Mathematics Experiment (SME) arose through a demand from teachers in 1963. 'The call for change in Shropshire came from Shropshire teachers, particularly from Modern School teachers who felt there was hope for the improvement of their work in the future if they introduced "modern" mathematics.'* So wrote Raymond Heritage in 1965, a lecturer in mathematics of student teachers at Cheshire College of Education.

The early books were not expected to be the finished product but part of an iterative process to create an excellent product. 'Teachers in SME are developing a highly critical attitude to the text (which has been beautifully produced for us in its temporary form by Penguin Books). As a result of their views, the text will be modified, expanded and partly re-written. As one man said, "We want a perfect textbook".'*

These books, which began as a set of four texts, were published in 1965 and 1966 as a new series The Shropshire Mathematics Experiment ('SM') and designed for teaching the New Mathematics. They were all written by Raymond S. Heritage.

However, in 1967, Penguin Books established a separate Education division specifically to produce books for schools and colleges. Penguin Education wanted to have a major impact on schoolbooks, breaking new ground in their concept and design.

Penguin had recently tried similar projects: Hummingbird Books for Caribbean Schools, books from the Nuffield Science Teaching Project (1965), and had just started the Penguin History of Britain (SH, 1967) series. It had already begun the Shropshire Mathematics Experiment in 1965 when the decision was taken to create the new Penguin Education Division and launch the new series Penguin Education, 'X' in 1967.

NOTE: The books listed below either appeared as early Shropshire Mathematics Experiment books in their own right - as part of the 'SM' series - or they were intended for the 'SM' series. However, as mentioned above, in 1967 Penguin created its Education Division and so revisions of existing books and planned new books were re-located into the 'X' series at X30 and from X401.

I particularly want to thank Andrew Malin and Paul Lickiss for their help and encouragement, and information on the books. The Shropshire Mathematics Experiment may have begun in isolation but was soon brought into the Penguin Education fold. Similarly, listing the Penguin Education Series 'X' has been a joint endeavour, and this page is but one offshoot.

*The Mathematics Gazette, May 1965




Information and cover photographs of The Shropshire Mathermatics Experiment Series:

SM1
Series No.: SM1
Title: LEARNING MATHEMATICS, BOOK ONE
Author: Raymond Sydney Heritage
Cover: design by Keith Whitehead
Date Published: Summer 1966
Pages: 278pp.
Printer: Fletcher and Sons Ltd
Size: 222mm x 180mm

Image and additional information courtesy of Andrew Malin
SM2


Series No.: SM2
Title: LEARNING MATHEMATICS, BOOK TWO
Author: Raymond Sydney Heritage
Cover: design by Keith Whitehead, illustrates the principles of translation, rotation and reflection
Date Published: Summer 1965
Pages: 238pp.
Printer: Fletcher and Sons Ltd
Size: 222mm x 180mm

A revision or 'Final' edition was produced in 1967.
The second image, of the second printing, shows the 'Test Edition' which contains Tests

Images and additional information courtesy of Andrew Malin
SM3
Series No.: SM3
Title: LEARNING MATHEMATICS, BOOK THREE
Author: Raymond Sydney Heritage
Cover: design by
Date Published: Summer 1966
Pages:
Printer:
SM4
Series No.: SM4
Title: LEARNING MATHEMATICS, BOOK FOUR
Author: Raymond Sydney Heritage
Cover: design by
Date Published: October 1967
Pages:
Printer:
SM5
Series No.: SM5
Title: LEARNING MATHEMATICS, STAGE 5: MOTION GEOMETRY AND VECTOR GEOMETRY
Author: Raymond Sydney Heritage
Cover: design by
Date Published:
Pages:
Printer:
SM6
Series No.: SM6
Entry: No information available. SM6 was originally intended to be Computer Programming for Schools by Audrey Rich and scheduled to be issued in January 1970. No such book was published.
SM7
Series No.: SM7
Title: LEARNING MATHEMATICS, BOOK 4M
Authors: Raymond Sydney Heritage and William Islwyn Lewis
Cover: design by
Date Published: January 1970
Pages:
Printer:
SM8
Series No.: SM8
Title: LEARNING DECIMAL CURRENCY
Author: Raymond Sydney Heritage
Cover: design by
Date Published: January 1969
Pages:
Printer:
SM9
Series No.: SM9
Title: LEARNING MATHEMATICS, STAGE 5: MOTION GEOMETRY AND VECTOR GEOMETRY
Authors: Raymond Sydney Heritage and William Islwyn Lewis
Cover: design by
Date Published:
Pages:
Printer:
SM10
Series No.: SM10
Entry: No information available
SM11
Series No.: SM11
Entry: No information available
SM12
Series No.: SM12
Entry: No information available
SM13
Series No.: SM13
Entry: No information available
SM14
Series No.: SM14
Entry: No information available
SM15
Series No.: SM15
Title: PARENTS' AND TEACHERS' HANDBOOK TO BOOKS ONE AND TWO
Author: Raymond Sydney Heritage
Cover: design by
Date Published: Summer 1966
Pages:
Printer:
SM16
Series No.: SM16
Title: LEARNING MATHEMATICS, STAGE 5 : NUEMRICAL MATHEMATICS AND COMPUTING
Author: Raymond Sydney Heritage
Cover: design by
Date Published:
Pages:
Printer:
SM17
Series No.: SM17
Title: LEARNING MATHEMATICS, STAGE 5 : STATISTICS AND OPERATIONS RESEARCH
Author: Raymond Sydney Heritage
Cover: design by
Date Published:
Pages:
Printer:
SM18
Series No.: SM18
Title: LEARNING MATHEMATICS, STAGE 5 : REVISION EXERCISES AND FURTHER WORK
Author: Raymond Sydney Heritage
Cover: design by
Date Published:
Pages:
Printer:
SM19
Series No.: SM19
Title: ANSWERS TO LEARNING MATHEMATICS BOOKS 1, 2, 3M, 4M (METRIC)
Author: Raymond Sydney Heritage
Cover: design by
Date Published:
Pages:
Printer:




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