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Eastern European Mathematics Education in the Decades of Change

  • Alexander Karp

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. János Gordon Győri, Katalin Fried, Gabriella Köves, Vera Oláh, Józsefné Pálfalvi
    Pages 75-129
  3. Marcin Karpiński, Ewa Swoboda, Małgorzata Zambrowska
    Pages 131-171
  4. Alexander Karp
    Pages 173-227
  5. Vasyl O. Shvets, Valentyna G. Bevz, Oleksandr V. Shkolnyi, Olha I. Matiash
    Pages 229-274
  6. Alexander Karp
    Pages 275-290
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 291-305

About this book


This contributed volume is devoted to the recent history and evolution of mathematics education in Eastern Europe, exploring how it was influenced by social and political changes in this part of the world. Despite the broad recognition of the importance of these changes, little scholarship exists that examines the ways in which they were followed by changes in the teaching of mathematics in the post-socialist countries. Indeed, the analyzed processes are complex and vary across the states. Accordingly, this book touches on many factors--including differences in cultures and traditions – that find expression in the teaching of mathematics. 
Specifically, this volume seeks to explore what changes there were in education in general and in the position of mathematics in school education in these years, and how these changes may be explained and documented; what changes there were in the content of mathematics education and its assessment, and how were they motivated and adopted; what new textbooks appeared and what new methodological ideas were offered in them; how and why mathematics teacher education and/or professional development changed; what was the role (if any) of foreign influences on mathematics education, etc.
The book will be of interest to both researchers in mathematics education and practitioners-teachers, as well as a broader audience of historians and educators exploring the political aspects of education.


Mathematics education in the Czech Republic Mathematics education in Eastern Germany Mathematics education in Estonia Mathematics education in Hungary Mathematics education in Poland Mathematics education in Russia Mathematics education in Ukraine Mathematics education in Eastern Europe Trends and outcomes in Eastern European mathematics education Impact of social and political changes on mathematics education Mathematics education in formerly socialist countries State objectives for mathematics education Societal expectations for mathematics education Foreign influences on mathematics education De-ideologization in mathematics education Research paradigms in math education in post-socialist countries Mathematics education during the post-war period

Editors and affiliations

  • Alexander Karp
    • 1
  1. 1.Teachers CollegeColumbia UniversityNew YorkUSA

About the editors

Alexander Karp is a professor of mathematics education at Teachers College, Columbia University. He received his Ph.D. in mathematics education from Herzen Pedagogical University in St. Petersburg, Russia, and also holds a degree from the same university in history and education. Currently, his scholarly interests span several areas, including the history of mathematics education, gifted education, mathematics teacher education, and mathematical problem solving. He served as  the managing editor of the International Journal for the History of Mathematics Education and is the author or editor of over one hundred publications, including over thirty books.

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