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Changing the Culture: Mathematics Education in the Research Community
Edited by: Naomi D. Fisher, Harvey B. Keynes, and Philip D. Wagreich
A co-publication of the AMS and CBMS.

CBMS Issues in Mathematics Education
1995; 214 pp; softcover
Volume: 5
ISBN-10: 0-8218-0383-2
ISBN-13: 978-0-8218-0383-7
List Price: US$71
Member Price: US$56.80
All Individuals: US$56.80
Order Code: CBMATH/5
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This volume is an outgrowth of a series of programs organized by the Mathematicians and Education Reform (MER) Network between 1990 and 1993. These programs explored the ways in which the mathematical sciences community has responded to educational challenges. Mathematicians who had made a serious commitment to educational reform served as role models, inspiring others to contribute their efforts to this important work. The discussions raised many questions and highlighted many insights about the nature of educational reform and how the mathematics research community can contribute to it. The papers in this volume present perspectives on the future of these efforts, varied examples of how individual mathematicians have become involved in educational reform, and case studies of how the community is responding to the need for reform. Viewing the mathematics culture through the prism of his or her own experience and encounters, each author contributes a valuable piece for the reader to consider in trying to envision what the large picture will be as mathematics education continues to evolve.

This series is published in cooperation with the Mathematical Association of America.

This series is published in cooperation with the Mathematical Association of America.


Researchers and educators in the mathematical sciences.

Table of Contents

  • Reflections on responses of the mathematics culture to educational challenges
  • L. Henkin -- The roles of action and of thought in mathematics education--One mathematician's passage
  • J. T. Baldwin -- Three mathematical cultures
  • H. Rossi -- When is the best proof not the best proof?
  • H. Clemens -- Can university math people contribute significantly to precollege mathematics education (beyond giving future teachers a few preservice math courses)?
  • P. A. Ferguson -- The goldfish route to mathematics education
  • R. G. Douglas -- The size of a mathematics department
  • K. C. Millett -- The future of the past
  • T. R. Berger and H. B. Keynes -- Everybody counts/Everybody else
  • Educational journeys within the mathematics culture
  • A. Cohen -- Project EXCEL at Rutgers-New Brunswick: Instigation and institutionalization
  • R. Asera and U. Treisman -- Routes to mathematics for African-American, Latino and Native American students in the 1990s: The educational trajectories of summer mathematics institute participants
  • H. B. Keynes -- Programs for mathematically talented students--Do we really need them?
  • R. Cannon -- The road to reform
  • W. J. Lewis -- Educational change in a research university
  • J. Sunley -- Changing institutions
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