Critical Issues in Mathematics Education

Major Contributions of Alan Bishop

  • Philip Clarkson
  • Norma Presmeg

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-VIII
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Philip Clarkson, Norma Presmeg
      Pages 3-11
    3. Philip Clarkson
      Pages 13-25
  3. Teacher Decision Making

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 27-28
    2. Alan J. Bishop
      Pages 29-35
    3. Hilda Borko, Sarah A. Roberts, Richard Shavelson
      Pages 37-67
  4. Spatial Abilities, Visualization, and Geometry

  5. Cultural and Social Aspects

  6. Social and Political Aspects

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 149-150
    2. Alan J. Bishop
      Pages 151-165
  7. Teachers and Research

  8. Values

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 229-230
    2. Wee Tiong Seah
      Pages 239-253
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 253-257

About this book


Critical Issues in Mathematics Education presents the significant contributions of Professor Alan Bishop within the mathematics education research community. Six critical issues, each of which have had paramount importance in the development of mathematics education research, are reviewed and include a discussion of current developments in each area.

Teacher decision making, spatial/visualizing geometry, teachers and research, cultural/social aspects of mathematics education, socio political issues, and values serve as the basic issues discussed in this examination of mathematics education over the last fifty years during which Professor Bishop has been active in the field.

A comprehensive discussion of each of these topics is realized by offering the reader a classic research contribution of Professor Bishop’s together with commentary and invited chapters from leading experts in the field of mathematics education.

Critical Issues in Mathematics Education will make an invaluable contribution to the ongoing reflection of mathematic education researchers worldwide, but also to policy makers and teacher educators who wish to understand some of the key issues with which mathematics education has been and still is concerned, and the context within which Professor Bishop’s key contributions to these research issues were made.


Alan Bishop Contributions Education Mathematics geometry mathematics education

Editors and affiliations

  • Philip Clarkson
    • 1
  • Norma Presmeg
    • 2
  1. 1.Faculty of EducationAustralian Catholic UniversityFitzroy VIC 3065Australia
  2. 2.Department of MathematicsIllinois State UniversityUSA

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