TY - JOUR
TI - From the Few to the Many: on the emergence of mathematics for all
AU - Schubring, Gert
T2 - Recherches En Didactique Des Mathématiques
AB - Which way has mathematics teaching taken since its beginnings in the early civilizations? For most time, it has been shaped by the characteristic difference between the two essential social functions of mathematics, its utilitarian function and its capability to sharpen mind and logical thinking. The difference led in many cultures to opposed forms of teaching: in vocational institutions and in liberal education. Since the establishment of public education systems, the tendency has been to universalize education and for mathematics this led eventually to the program “Mathematics for All” understanding mathematics now as a necessity for all within democratic societies that are more and more shaped by mathematical-technical applications. The paper analyses the variance of meaning of the notion “Mathematics for All”, with respect to its quantitative and qualitative aspects, as well as sociological categories like the historical change from hierarchically organised societies to functionally differentiated societies. Changes in the functions of the state prove therefore to be essential to understand interrelations between adapting to qualification profiles and striving towards egalitarian structures in education. The focus is not on just one region – say Europe -, but on unravelling systematic patterns from various cultures, regions and socio-political constellations.
DA - 2015///
PY - 2015
VL - 35
IS - 2
SP - 221
EP - 259
J2 - RDM
LA - EN
SN - 0246–9367
UR - https://revue-rdm.com/2015/from-the-few-to-the-many-on-the/
ER -