The University of Montana
Department of Mathematical Sciences

Technical report #21/2011

Polarities in (Nordic) Mathematics Education: Scaling the field

Bharath Sriraman
Department of Mathematical Sciences
The University of Montana


Abstract

Mathematics education research in the Nordic world is compared to that occurring elsewhere by using the metaphor of scaling. Mathematics education as a research entity is scaled with respect to the knowledge industry, namely economics, its place within professional societies, and disciplines such as mathematics, social sciences, psychology and the humanities. Polarities, consistencies and contradictions are discussed in the role of an (external) observer and a collaborator with researchers in the Nordic mathematics education milieu. Some implications for the future are elaborated.

Keywords: Mathematics education; Nordic mathematics education; International comparisions; Bibliometrics; Scaling

AMS Subject Classification: 97

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