Encyclopedia of Mathematics Education

2020 Edition
| Editors: Stephen Lerman

History of Research in Mathematics Education

  • Jeremy KilpatrickEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-15789-0_71

Definition

An account of activities and events concerned with the development of disciplined inquiry in mathematics education as a flourishing academic enterprise.

Main Text

Although mathematics has been taught and learned for millennia, not until the past century or so have the nature and quality of teaching and learning mathematics been studied in any a serious manner. Clay tablets from ancient Babylonia (c 1900 BC to c 1600 BC), for example, show that students in the scribal school were expected to solve problems involving quadratic polynomials (Høyrup 1994, pp. 4–9), but no available evidence indicates how much drill and practice either they received or their instructors thought they needed. As of 1115 BC, applicants to the Chinese civil service had to pass an examination in arithmetic (Kilpatrick 1993, p. 22), but as far as anyone knows, no one ever investigated how well their examination performance predicted their job performance. In Plato’s Meno, he relates how, in the fifth...

Keywords

Research Mathematics education History Academic field Psychology Mathematics 
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  1. 1.University of GeorgiaAthensUSA