Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
  2. Paul Ernest, Ole Skovsmose, Jean Paul van Bendegem, Maria Bicudo, Roger Miarka, Ladislav Kvasz et al.
    Pages 1-26 Open Access

About this book


This survey provides a brief and selective overview of research in the philosophy of mathematics education. It asks what makes up the philosophy of mathematics education, what it means, what questions it asks and answers, and what is its overall importance and use?  It provides overviews of critical mathematics education, and the most relevant modern movements in the philosophy of mathematics. A case study is provided of an emerging research tradition in one country. This is the Hermeneutic strand of research in the philosophy of mathematics education in Brazil. This illustrates one orientation towards research inquiry in the philosophy of mathematics education. It is part of a broader practice of ‘philosophical archaeology’: the uncovering of hidden assumptions and buried ideologies within the concepts and methods of research and practice in mathematics education. An extensive bibliography is also included.


Critical Mathematics Education Philosophy of Mathematical Practice Philosophy of Mathematics Philosophical Archaeology Nature of Mathematics Teaching Nature of Mathematics Learning

Authors and affiliations

  • Paul Ernest
    • 1
  • Ole Skovsmose
    • 2
  • Jean Paul van Bendegem
    • 3
  • Maria Bicudo
    • 4
  • Roger Miarka
    • 5
  • Ladislav Kvasz
    • 6
  • Regina Moeller
    • 7
  1. 1.Graduate School of Education,Exeter UniversityExeterUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.Department of Learning and PhilosophyAalborg UniversityAalborgDenmark
  3. 3.Center for Logic and Philosophy of ScienceVrije Universiteit BrusselBrusselsBelgium
  4. 4.Departamento de Matemática. Universidade Estadual Paulista Júlio de Mesquita Filho, Instituto de Geociências e Ciências Exatas de Rio ClaroRio ClaroBrazil
  5. 5.Departamento de Matemática.Universidade Estadual Paulista Júlio de Mesquita Filho, Instituto de Geociências e Ciências Exatas de Rio ClaroBela Vista, Rio ClaroBrazil
  6. 6.Department of Mathematics EducationCharles University, Pedagogical Faculty Department of Mathematics EducationPragCzech Republic
  7. 7.Erziehungwissenschaftliche Fakultät, MathematikdidaktikUniversität ErfurtErfurtGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2016
  • License CC BY
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Education
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-40568-1
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-40569-8
  • Series Print ISSN 2366-5947
  • Series Online ISSN 2366-5955
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