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Publication Detail
The Math Wars: Tensions in the Development of School Mathematics Curricula
  • Publication Type:
    Journal article
  • Publication Sub Type:
    Article
  • Authors:
    Wright P
  • Publication date:
    2012
  • Pagination:
    7, 13
  • Journal:
    For the Learning of Mathematics: an international journal of mathematics education
  • Volume:
    32
  • Issue:
    2
  • Country:
    Canada
  • Print ISSN:
    0228-0671
  • Keywords:
    mathematics, curriculum, Math Wars, ideologies of mathematics education, traditionalist, reformer
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Abstract
The Math Wars have been raging since the 1990’s in the United States, where the world of mathematics education has become polarised into two camps: the reformers and the traditionalists. In this article I explore the background to the Math Wars, with specific reference to conflicting ideologies of mathematics education. I draw parallels with similar, albeit less public, tensions and power struggles amongst policy makers and practitioners in England. I conclude by highlighting the danger of allowing increasing levels of politicisation of the education agenda to subsume the need for reform of the curriculum highlighted by the mathematics education community.
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