Educational Studies in Mathematics

, Volume 54, Issue 2–3, pp 171–202 | Cite as

Developing complex understandings: On the relation of mathematics education research to mathematics

  • Gerald A. Goldin


This article explores some of the intellectual bases of the apparent cultural divide between the fields of mathematics and mathematics education research. The chasm is in part attributable to epistemologies or theoretical `paradigms', fashionable in education, that dismiss or deny the integrity of fundamental aspects of mathematical and scientific knowledge. The solution offered is for the next generation of mathematics education researchers to knowledgeably and thoughtfully abandon such `isms' in favor of a unifying scientific and eclectic approach to research.


Mathematics Education Mathematical Ability Mathematics Education Research Mathematical Truth Radical Constructivist 
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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 2003

Authors and Affiliations

  • Gerald A. Goldin
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  1. 1.Rutgers UniversityNew BrunswickU.S.A.

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