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Introduction

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

Abstract

My career as a mathematics education researcher began in 1978 when I entered the master’s program in mathematics education at the University of Georgia. Prior to moving to Georgia with my wife Jenny, I had completed my undergraduate degree in mathematics at Bristol University in England and was a secondary math teacher for 2 years. Our primary reason for going to Georgia was simply our wish to seize the opportunity to travel. The mathematics education department chaired by James W. Wilson had offered me a graduate assistantship that covered tuition and provided a modest stipend. We had originally planned to spend just 16 months in the US but our plans changed when I became interested in the radical constructivism of Les Steffe and Ernst von Glasersfeld. We eventually spent five happy years in Athens, Georgia, where I finished my master’s degree and then completed a doctorate in mathematics education.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Vanderbilt UniversityNashvilleUSA

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