First Steps Mathematics is a series of teacher resource books that is organised around sets of mathematics outcomes for Number, Measurement, Space, and Chance and Data.
The series will help teachers to diagnose, plan, implement and judge the effectiveness of the learning experiences they provide for students.
First Steps in Mathematics was developed in response to the Department of Education and Training in Western Australia adopting an outcomes-focused curriculum in the early 1990s. An outcomes-focused curriculum requires teachers to focus on what students have actually learned as a result of their teaching. As work on this initiative progressed, it became apparent that new approaches to professional development and teacher resources would be needed to support primary teachers of mathematics.
The First Steps in Mathematics authors used extensive research to develop these resources. The research phase of the project coincided with the introduction of the Curriculum Framework for K–12 Education in Western Australia, a document that defines the outcomes expected of all students.
The First Steps in Mathematics Resource Books and professional development program are designed to help teachers to plan, implement and evaluate the mathematics curriculum they provide for their students.