#36: Contemporary Issues in Mathematics Education
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# MSRI Publications -- Volume 36

## Contemporary Issues in Mathematics Education

### Edited by
Estela A. Gavosto,
Steven G. Krantz, and
William McCallum

During the past decade, mathematics education has changed rapidly,
giving rise to a polarization of opinions among the community of
research mathematicians. What is the appropriate balance between
theory, technique, and applications? What is the role of technology?
How do we fulfil the needs of students entering other fields?
This book is the outcome of an effort to create a dialogue about
mathematics education that included mathematicians with a wide variety
of views. In a conference held at the Mathematical Sciences
Research Institute in 1996, more than
one hundred mathematics instructors, all dedicated to effective
mathematics teaching but by different means, engaged in meaningful and
sometimes spirited discussions about how mathematics can and should be
taught. The conference consisted of formal presentations, question
and answer sessions, and more informal working groups. This volume
contains reports and position papers stemming from all these
activities.

Part I deals with general issues in university
mathematics education; Part II presents case studies on particular
projects; Part III presents a range of opinions on mathematics
education in elementary and secondary schools; and Part IV presents
the reports of the working groups.