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Five decades of mathematics education research

journal contribution
posted on 05.04.2018, 11:04 by Matthew Inglis, Colin Foster
Mathematics educators have been publishing their work in international research journals for nearly 5 decades. How has the field developed over this period? We analyzed the full text of all articles published in Educational Studies in Mathematics and the Journal for Research in Mathematics Education since their foundation. Using Lakatos’s (1978) notion of a research programme, we focus on the field’s changing theoretical orientations and pay particular attention to the relative prominence of the experimental psychology, constructivist, and sociocultural programmes. We quantitatively assess the extent of the “social turn,” observe that the field is currently experiencing a period of theoretical diversity, and identify and discuss the “experimental cliff,” a period during which experimental investigations migrated away from mathematics education journals.

Funding

This research was partially supported by a Royal Society Worshipful Company of Actuaries Research Fellowship.

History

Citation

Journal for Research in Mathematics Education, 2018, 49(4), pp. 462-500

Author affiliation

/Organisation/COLLEGE OF SOCIAL SCIENCES, ARTS AND HUMANITIES/School of Education

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Published in

Journal for Research in Mathematics Education

Publisher

National Council of Teachers of Mathematics

issn

0021-8251

eissn

1945-2306

Acceptance date

13/02/2018

Copyright date

2018

Publisher version

https://www.jstor.org/stable/10.5951/jresematheduc.49.4.0462

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Language

en