The University of Montana
Department of Mathematical Sciences

Technical report #21/2009

Lakatos-Hersh-Ernest: Triangulating Philosophy-Mathematics-Mathematics Education

Bharath Sriraman
The University of Montana

Nick Haverhals
The University of Montana


A preface is made to Paul Ernestís Reflections on theories of learning with a particular emphasis on exploring whether social constructivism as a philosophy of mathematics is applicable to mathematics education for the purposes of theory generation. The works of Imre Lakatos and Reuben Hersh are referred to in relation to their fit with the contributions of Ernest.

Keywords: Lakatos; Learning theories; Social Constructivism; Philosophy of mathematics

AMS Subject Classification: 97

Pdf: Preprint of chapter to appear in B. Sriraman & L. English (Eds). Theories of Mathematics Education- Seeking New Frontiers. Springer Science, Berlin/Heidelberg