The University of Montana
Department of Mathematical Sciences

Technical report #13/2009

PMENA-Atlanta 2009 Working Group on Research Advances in Theories of Mathematics Education

Bharath Sriraman
The University of Montana

Gabriele Kaiser

University of Hamburg


This working group revolves around the launch of a new book series entitled Advances in Mathematics Education by Springer Science, Heidelberg, and in particular on the first book in the series which focuses on Theories of Mathematics Education. This edited book in turn is based on a research forum on Theories of Mathematics Education at PME 29 in Melbourne, 2005, which resulted in two ZDM special issues on theories of mathematics education(issue 6/2005 and issue 1/2006). Since the research forum in Melbourne, numerous advances have taken place in the area of theory development in mathematics education in Europe and in North America. The purpose of this working group on research advances in theories of mathematics education is to integrate, synthesize and present a coherent picture on the state of the art. The working group will attempt to be both summative as well as forward looking by highlighting theories from psychology, philosophy and social sciences that continue to influence theory building, as well as provide participants insights into new developments in feminist, critical and political theories of mathematics education.

Keywords: Mathematics Education, Theories, Research working group

AMS Subject Classification: 97

Pdf: Pre-print of PMENA 2009 Conference Proceedings