The University of Montana
Department of Mathematical Sciences

Technical report #11/2008

On the Identit(ies) of Mathematics Education

Bharath Sriraman
Dept. of Mathematical Sciences
The University of Montana


This critical notice reviews sections of three recently published Handbooks of relevance to the community of mathematics education researchers. In particular it examines (1) the overlap between the historic foundations of mathematics education and educational psychology; (2) the shared problem of identity; (3) areas of consonance and dissonance, particularly the need to bring in socio-political issues; and (4) the complexity of understanding and modeling human cognition.

Keywords: Education Psychology; Foundations; Handbooks; Mathematical Cognition; Mathematics Education

AMS Subject Classification: 97

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Pre-print of paper to appear in Mathematical Thinking & Learning: An International Journal, vol.10, no.3, pp.xx-xx