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Educational Studies in Mathematics

, Volume 99, Issue 1, pp 109–123 | Cite as

Book Review: NCTM’s Compendium: finding a balance between historical details, contemporary practices, and future resources. Jinfa Cai (Ed.) (2017) Compendium for research in mathematics education

Reston, VA: National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. xii + 1008 pp. ISBN 978-0-87353-711-7 (pbk) $375.00, (e-book) $281.25
  • Nerida F. Ellerton
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The chapters of NCTM’s Compendium read as texts from the minds of experts, explicating, expanding, and sometimes dissecting the minutae of their respective mathematics education subfields. That said, detailed information about all aspects of research in the field simply cannot be covered in a single volume, even one with over 1000 pages.

I begin this review by asking the question: Does the Compendium live up to the expectation that it be a standard reference work which should be consulted by all mathematics education researchers? I will conclude this review with an answer.

Structure of the book

General characteristics of the book

This weighty Compendium(2.3 kg) has five sections, with 38 chapters written by 93 authors—47 female and 46 male—from 11 countries. It has a well-constructed 27-page subject index. No author index is provided. The large paper-back version, with its small font size and dense formatting, is cumbersome to handle. The e-book format is likely to be the more...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of MathematicsIllinois State UniversityNormalUSA

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