Encyclopedia of Mathematics Education

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Stoffdidaktik in Mathematics Education

  • Rudolf Sträßer (Straesser)Email author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-15789-0_144
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Definition

An approach to mathematics education and research on teaching and learning mathematics (i.e., didactics of mathematics), which concentrates on the mathematical contents of the subject matter to be taught, attempting to be as close as possible to disciplinary mathematics. A major aim is to make mathematics accessible and understandable to the learner.

History

Stoffdidaktik or “subject-matter didactics” (translation suggested by the entry author) has been a prominent approach to mathematics education and research into teaching and learning mathematics (i.e., didactics of mathematics) in German-speaking countries (e.g., Austria, Germany, and parts of Switzerland). It grew out of one of the two main strands of German-speaking didactics of mathematics in the first half of the twentieth century, namely, university studies that focused on the teaching of mathematics in “gymnasium,” the most demanding type of school at that time in Germany. This strand was different from the strand...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institut für Didaktik der MathematikJustus–Liebig–Universität GiessenGiessenGermany
  2. 2.Australian Catholic University Brisbane (ACU)BrisbaneAustralia

Section editors and affiliations

  • Ruhama Even
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Science TeachingThe Weizmann Institute of ScienceRehovotIsrael