Decision-Making in Mathematics Education

  • Zalman Usiskin

Abstract

At ICME IV, we were reminded that in the middle ages the long division algorithm was so new and advanced that at least one school decided to teach long division and advertised this in the hope of attracting students. This underscores two longstanding properties of the school curriculum: it is changeable and those who have made decisions to change it have done so for a variety of rationales regarding what is best for the people for whom the curriculum is intended. Yet mathematics students throughout the world seldom think of their school experiences as being shaped by people and subject to decision-making. They are more likely to believe that arithmetic and other aspects of mathematics are facts of life that have been part of the school curriculum since the beginning of time.

Keywords

Mathematics Education Transfer Rationale Scholastic Aptitude Test Entrance Test Early Algebra 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1981

Authors and Affiliations

  • Zalman Usiskin
    • 1
  1. 1.University of ChicagoUSA

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