Topic Area: Relationship Between the History and Pedagogy of Mathematics
In contrast to these sentiments of Liebniz, mathematics is predominantly presented in a polished, logical form showing none of the difficulties, errors, guesses, or stumbling that went into its creation. Such presentation is prepared from hindsight, a-historically, largely as a consequence of a stress on symbolism and abstraction, and has led to an emphasis of content over method; the justification of mathematical truths rather than analysis of the processes by which they were created. Yet there exist means of demystifying mathematics, of showing its origins as well as its results and applications, of revealing its history. The International Study Group for the Relationship between the History and Pedagogy of Mathematics (HPM) exists as an informal group to encourage colleagues throughout the world to use aspects of mathematical history in the teaching of mathematics to motivate interests, develop positive attitudes, and encourage appreciation of the nature and role of mathematics.
KeywordsMathematics Teacher Historical Approach International Study Group Mathematical Truth Mathematical Discovery
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