History and Pedagogy of Mathematics
This page is currently just a stub—a work in progress.
The history of and pedagogy of discipline are an important part of the discipline. Mathematics has a long and rich history of both content and pedagogy. HPM (n.d.) provides a free newsletter and useful links. Quoting from the Website:
- The Americas Section of HPM spans an area that is immense both in its physical and cultural dimensions. Our members have a correspondingly wide scope of interests, ranging from scholarly pursuit of knowledge to practical classroom issues. We aim to foster communication and cooperation among our members by means of this website and, where possible, through face-to-face meetings at local, regional or international conferences.
- The International Study Group on the Relations Between HISTORY AND PEDAGOGY of MATHEMATICS, the parent body of the Americas Section, has its own site, http://www.clab.edc.uoc.gr/hpm or http://www.mathedu-jp.org/hpm/index.htm . The international Newsletter can be accessed from this site. However, the Americas web site will still provide a link to the Newsletters.
Stein, Bob. (2009). History of math course for teachers. Retrieved 8/1/2010 from Retrieved 8/14/2010 from http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&cd=1&ved=0CBoQFjAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.hpm-americas.org%2Fwp-content%2Fuploads%2F2010%2F04%2FHistoryinaMathCourseforTeachers.pdf&rct=j&q=Robert%20OR%20Bob%20Stein%20math%20history&ei=zZtpTPquFJT6swPugoyNBw&usg=AFQjCNFcgckOVeyzRQwkI6KEQjUB02-FZw&cad=rja. Quoting from the document:
- When I teach math courses for teachers, I try to put history into the course for the usual reasons:
- To make mathematics more “human”
- To make mathematics more understandable
- To give teachers ideas and materials that can help them teach math more effectively.
- However, achieving these goals within the context of a math course for teachers turns out to be an interesting challenge. This paper describes some of my efforts to meet that challenge.
HPM (n.d.). The Americas Section of History and Pedagogy of Mathematics. Retrieved 9/9/07: HPM (n.d.). The Americas Section of History and Pedagogy of Mathematics. Retrieved 9/9/07: http://www.hpm-americas.org/main/genindex.html.
NEA (July 1912). Final report of the National Committee of Fifteen on geometry syllabus. National Education Association of the United States. National Committee of Fifteen on Geometry Syllabus. Retrieved 12/6/07: http://www.archive.org/details/finalreportofnat00natirich.
This 52 page report laid the foundations and provided the arguments for the high school geometry course that is still a regular part of the high school math curriculum in the United States.
There is a huge amount of material available on the Web. A 9/9/07 Google search on History Mathematics produced about 125 million hits. A search on History Pedagogy Mathematics produced over 1.7 million hits.
Author or Authors
The need for and importance of having this page was suggested by Bob Stein, and he provided the History and Pedagogy of Mathematics reference.