New ICMI Study Series

Mathematics Education as a Research Domain: A Search for Identity

An ICMI Study

Editors: Sierpinska, Anna, Kilpatrick, Jeremy (Eds.)

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No one disputes how important it is, in today's world, to prepare students to un­ derstand mathematics as weII as to use and communicate mathematics in their future lives. That task is very difficult, however. Refocusing curricula on funda­ mental concepts, producing new teaching materials, and designing teaching units based on 'mathematicians' common sense' (or on logic) have not resulted in a better understanding of mathematics by more students. The failure of such efforts has raised questions suggesting that what was missing at the outset of these proposals, designs, and productions was a more profound knowledge of the phenomena of learning and teaching mathematics in sociaIIy established and cuIturaIIy, politicaIIy, and economicaIIy justified institutions - namely, schools. Such knowledge cannot be built by mere juxtaposition of theories in disci­ plines such as psychology, sociology, and mathematics. Psychological theories focus on the individual learner. Theories of sociology of education look at the general laws of curriculum development, the specifics of pedagogic discourse as opposed to scientific discourse in general, the different possible pedagogic rela­ tions between the teacher and the taught, and other general problems in the inter­ face between education and society. Mathematics, aside from its theoretical contents, can be looked at from historical and epistemological points of view, clarifying the genetic development of its concepts, methods, and theories. This view can shed some light on the meaning of mathematical concepts and on the difficulties students have in teaching approaches that disregard the genetic development of these concepts.

Table of contents (35 chapters)

  • The ICMI Study Conference

    Sierpinska, Anna (et al.)

    Pages 3-32

  • Research, Effectiveness, and the Practitioners’ World

    Bishop, Alan J.

    Pages 33-45

  • A Glance Over the Evolution of Research in Mathematics Education

    Adda, Josette

    Pages 49-56

  • Balancing Complex Human Worlds: Mathematics Education as an Emergent Discipline in its own Right

    Presmeg, Norma C.

    Pages 57-70

  • A Postmodern Perspective on Research in Mathematics Education

    Ernest, Paul

    Pages 71-85

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eBook $159.00
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Softcover $209.00
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Mathematics Education as a Research Domain: A Search for Identity
Book Subtitle
An ICMI Study
Editors
  • Anna Sierpinska
  • Jeremy Kilpatrick
Series Title
New ICMI Study Series
Series Volume
4
Copyright
1998
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Kluwer Academic Publishers
eBook ISBN
978-94-011-5470-3
DOI
10.1007/978-94-011-5470-3
Softcover ISBN
978-0-7923-4600-5
Series ISSN
1387-6872
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VIII, 335
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