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History of Tools and Technologies in Mathematics Education

Abstract

Although “technology” in mathematics education is often used exclusively to refer to electronic devices, it is important to recognize the longer and more varied history of tools in this field. We classify technology into two primary groups. General-purpose tools, of wide social importance, include the textbook, the blackboard, and the computer. Specialized technologies, sometimes found only in mathematics classrooms, include the slide rule, the protractor, and the cube root block. It is hoped that brief histories of these and other tools, although focused largely on the United States, will be usefully provocative for those with more global perspectives.

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  • Nineteenth Century
  • Mathematics Education
  • Mathematics Classroom
  • Early Nineteenth Century
  • Cube Root

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Roberts, D.L. (2014). History of Tools and Technologies in Mathematics Education. In: Karp, A., Schubring, G. (eds) Handbook on the History of Mathematics Education. Springer, New York, NY. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-9155-2_28

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