Mathematics Education Curriculum, History of

The history of mathematics education curriculum is, in many ways, a history of formal education in the Western world. Embedded in the contemporary school mathematics curricula are a full spectra of philosophies, a variety of contested rationales, and a set of incommensurate beliefs about learning and teachingall of which attest to its long history and its central position in formal education.

The Emergence of Mathematics

The conflicted character of mathematics education curriculum is anchored to the variegated history of the discipline itself, starting with the very word mathematics. Derived from Latin, Greek, Gothic, and Germanic terms having to do with thinking, having one's mind aroused, and wakefulness, mathematics originally had to do with a more general notion of learning.

The strands of thought included under the umbrella ...

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