Epilogue: On the Importance of Looking Back

  • Anna SfardEmail author
Part of the Mathematics Education Library book series (MELI, volume 48)


It may be a useful exercise to look at the story of Paul Cobb’s life-long quest for an ever better understanding of educational processes as a modern representative of the same genre as the ancient tales of Argonauts attempting to recover the Golden Fleece or of Sir Galahad pursuing the phantom of the Holy Grail. As I will be arguing in this epilogue, much of what can be learned from those old myths is certainly relevant to what can be found on the preceding pages.


Classroom Community Preceding Page Sociomathematical Norm Communalization Cycle Hypothetical Learning Trajectory 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of HaifaHaifaIsrael

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