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California DreamingReforming Mathematics Education$
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Suzanne Wilson

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780300094329

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300094329.001.0001

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Toward a Civil, Constructive Discourse

Toward a Civil, Constructive Discourse

(p.216) 10 Toward a Civil, Constructive Discourse
California Dreaming

Suzanne M. Wilson

Yale University Press

This chapter explains further the goals and aims of the book, namely to make a contribution to the discourse about mathematics education. It examines the factors and reasons for the debate and argument regarding the opinions and ideas exchanged between progressives and traditionalists. The chapter also attempts to provide a more “balanced” perspective into the topic. Finally, the chapter makes its case for why and how to move towards a more constructive and civil discourse about mathematics education. It makes suggestions as to where to go, the problem parameters that might be encountered, and how to go about resolving them. In essence, the chapter provides a discourse on mathematics education, taking a more even tone and stand on the matter in order to foster better communication and discussion between the two opposing views and opinions about mathematics reform.

Keywords:   mathematics education, progressives, traditionalists, problem parameters, mathematics reform

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