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Tools of American Mathematics Teaching, 1800-2000


reviewed by Alexander P Karp January 15, 2009

coverTitle: Tools of American Mathematics Teaching, 1800-2000
Author(s): Peggy Aldrich Kidwell, Amy Ackerberg-Hastings, David Lindsay Roberts
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore
ISBN: 080188814X, Pages: 440, Year: 2008
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Historians have long ago become interested not only in the decrees of kings and their victories and defeats in battle, but also in the details of everyday life. Indeed, the history of a simple fork, chair, or piece of soap (Braudel, 1979) will tell us not only about daily life of a particular period, which is important in itself, but arguably also about the way that life was perceived during this period and about what may be called the period’s dominant philosophy of life. In the history of education, however, what very frequently continues to predominate is the study of various kinds of resolutions, mission statements, or programs—everything that Gert Schubring (1988) has called “administrative history,” contrasting it with the “real history” that went on in the classrooms. The book under review, Tools of American Mathematics Teaching 1800-2000, is a study of real history in Schubring’s sense of the term.... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: January 15, 2009
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 15486, Date Accessed: 12/16/2017 9:47:40 AM

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  • Alexander Karp
    Teachers College, Columbia University
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    ALEXANDER KARP is an Associate Professor in the Program in Mathematics at Teachers College, Columbia University. His main research interests are in the history of mathematics education, problem solving, and gifted education. Currently, he is a managing editor of the International Journal for the History of Mathematics Education.
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