Powerful Stories: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Secondary Mathematics Curriculum Landscape

  • Peter TaylorEmail author
  • Divya Lala
  • Kariane Ouellet
  • Stefanie Knebel
Part of the Advances in Mathematics Education book series (AME)


Our goals are first to capture a few significant historical moments in the changing face of secondary school mathematics, and secondly to use these to help us decide how we need to move into the future. We decided to speak in a voice that was as personal as possible and that also supported our current research interests, and that of course has conditioned our historical record. Along with that we decided that, rather than write a single piece, we would each write our own thoughts. In particular, Peter would write the central paper, and then Divya, Kariane and Stefanie would each write a reflective response in the currere style (Pinar, W. F., The method of “currere”. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association. Washington, DC, 1975). And of course we would trade ideas at every stage.

Our focus is not on teacher education, nor is it on assessment, though these are both significant components of the shifting landscape, and definitely need continued attention, but we focus here on curriculum. Our long-term objective is to see a high school mathematics curriculum that is driven by what we call powerful stories; as such it would be richer and more sophisticated than what we have at the present and it would be a better platform for the development of “mathematical thinking.”


Life Narrative Sophistication Currere Mathematical thinking Dewey Whitehead 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Peter Taylor
    • 1
    Email author
  • Divya Lala
    • 1
  • Kariane Ouellet
    • 1
  • Stefanie Knebel
    • 1
  1. 1.Queen’s UniversityKingstonCanada

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