The University of Montana
Department of Mathematical Sciences

Technical report #3/2007

Political Union/ Mathematics Education Disunion: Building Bridges in European Didactic Traditions.

Bharath Sriraman
The University of Montana, USA

Günter Törner
University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany

Abstract

In this chapter, the historical development of mathematics didactic traditions of Germany, France and Italy are carefully traced and analyzed since the dawn of the Renaissance. Particular attention is paid to analyzing original historical sources for the purpose of delineating similarities and differences between these three traditions. The chapter argues that despite the proximity of these three countries, the mathematics didactic traditions are extremely diverse. This diversity is attributed to political structures, the culture of mathematics inherited from academic institutions and culture. The concluding sections of this chapter outline particular domains of inquiry within which bridges can be built between the mathematics didactic traditions of Germany, France and Italy.

Keywords: History of Didactics, History of mathematics; French mathematics didactics, German mathematics didactics, Humanism, Italian mathematics didactics; Political structures in education

Pre-print of:
Sriraman, B & Törner, G. (2007) Political Union/ Mathematics Education Disunion: Building Bridges in European Didactic Traditions. To appear in L. English (Editor)
Handbook of International Research in Mathematics Education (2nd Edition).

Lawrence Erlbaum & Associates

AMS Subject Classification: 97

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