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**ERIC Number:**ED381351

**Record Type:**RIE

**Publication Date:**1993

**Pages:**341

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**ISBN:**ISBN-1-85000-667-9

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The Philosophy of Mathematics Education. Studies in Mathematics Education Series: 1.

Ernest, Paul

This book discusses both the philosophy of mathematics and of mathematics education. The first part is a critique of existing approaches and a new philosophy of mathematics. Chapters include: (1) "A Critique of Absolutist Philosophies of Mathematics," (2) "The Philosophy of Mathematics Reconceptualized," (3) "Social Constructivism as a Philosophy of Mathematics," (4) "Social Constructivism and Subjective Knowledge," and (5) "The Parallels of Social Constructivism." The second part of the book explores the philosophy of mathematics education and shows that many aspects of mathematics education rest on underlying, usually implicit, philosophical assumptions. Making these assumptions explicit puts a critical tool into the hands of teachers and researchers. Chapters in this section are: (6) "Aims and Ideologies of Mathematics Education," (7) "Groups with Utilitarian Ideologies," (8) "Groups with Purist Ideologies," (9) "The Social Change Ideology of the Public Educators," (10) "Critical Review of Cockcroft and the National Curriculum," (11) "Hierarchy in Mathematics, Learning, Ability and Society," (12) "Mathematics, Values and Equal Opportunities," and (13) "Investigation, Problem Solving and Pedagogy." Each chapter contains notes. (Contains 654 references.) (MKR)

Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries, Learning Theories, Mathematics, Mathematics Education, Mathematics Instruction, Philosophy

Falmer Press, Taylor & Francis Inc., 1900 Frost Road, Suite 101, Bristol, PA 19007 (cloth: ISBN-1-85000-666-0; paperback: ISBN-1-85000-667-9).

**Publication Type:**Books; Opinion Papers

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**Audience:**Teachers; Researchers; Practitioners

**Language:**English

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**Identifiers:**Social Constructivism