Mathematics Education Across Time and Place was created to help mathematics teachers, teacher educators, and interested members of the public appreciate the path we have followed to arrive at the present state of mathematics education. To help us understand the historical and social context for schools and the place of mathematics in them, we meet a variety of mathematics educators who lived in different times and places. All are inventions, creations of the contributors, but their lives and the circumstances in which they lived are based on historical documents and professional sources. They range in time and place from ancient Greece to modern Zimbabwe; from Persia to British Columbia; from Islamic Baghdad to revolutionary Paris; from Elizabethan England to mid-twentieth century New York; from the rural one-room schools of America and Canada to the modern comprehensive secondary school.
By sharing the teachers’ lives we come to know how they developed their interest in, and love for, the mathematics of their time; their struggles to survive as educators; their views of society around them; and their personal triumphs and tragedies.
“I’m very proud of this book. It takes the reader through a series of fictional autobiographies that trace the history of mathematics education from ancient Greece to modern times, including a major section on Canada. The autobiographies were created by graduate students in my SFU course Foundations of Mathematics Education. I’ve edited twenty of the best, provided commentaries that link them across time, bracketed them with an introduction and a final summary, and listed all references for each section. I think this publication is unique, filling a void in the current literature on mathematics education, allowing one to develop a deeper understanding of current controversies and gain a real appreciation of the struggle to provide mathematics education for all.”
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