Title

Mathematics Education in the United States: Past to Present

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

Winter 2004

Publication Title

Journal of Learning Disabilities

Department

Education

Abstract

This article presents a historical review of mathematics education since the late 1950s in the United States. Three themes are used to organize the literature reviewed in the article: (a) broad sociopolitical forces, particularly highly publicized educational policy statements; (b) trends in mathematics research; and (c) theories of learning and instruction. At times, these themes coincide, as was the case in the 1990s. In other cases, such as the recent push for educational accountability, these themes conflict. Nonetheless, the themes go a long way to explain the serpentine nature of reform in the United States over the last 45 years. This article also attempts to account for developments in special education as well as general education research, something that does not appear in most historical presentations of mathematics education.

Volume

37

Issue

1

pp.

16-31

ISSN

0022-2194