The Philosophy of Mathematics Education Today

  • Paul Ernest

Part of the ICME-13 Monographs book series (ICME13Mo)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Introduction to the Field

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 11-11
  3. The Nature of Mathematics

  4. Critical Mathematics Education

  5. Philosophical Theory in Mathematics Education Research

About this book


This book offers an up-to-date overview of the research on philosophy of mathematics education, one of the most important and relevant areas of theory. The contributions analyse, question, challenge, and critique the claims of mathematics education practice, policy, theory and research, offering ways forward for new and better solutions. The book poses basic questions, including: What are our aims of teaching and learning mathematics? What is mathematics anyway? How is mathematics related to society in the 21st century? How do students learn mathematics? What have we learnt about mathematics teaching? Applied philosophy can help to answer these and other fundamental questions, and only through an in-depth analysis can the practice of the teaching and learning of mathematics be improved. The book addresses important themes, such as critical mathematics education, the traditional role of mathematics in schools during the current unprecedented political, social, and environmental crises, and the way in which the teaching and learning of mathematics can better serve social justice and make the world a better place for the future.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Paul Ernest
    • 1
  1. 1.School of EducationUniversity of ExeterExeterUnited Kingdom

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Education
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-77759-7
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-77760-3
  • Series Print ISSN 2520-8322
  • Series Online ISSN 2520-8330
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