I am presently writing a chapter for a book that will be distributed at ICME in Japan in August 2000. It deals with the pedagogy and curriculum of using mathematics history in pre-university classrooms. It looks at classrooms of primary, secondary, and students with special needs (all ages). My colleagues writing with me are from Australia (alternative education for older students), New Zealand (gifted education), England (teacher ed and resources, and Argentina (students in schools with limited resources). I cover everything else and put the chapter together.
Are any of you aware of teacher education programs, nationally or internationally, that include the history of mathematics? Are any of you aware of any school districts that use the history of mathematics in the curriculum?
Norway has adopted mathematics history into the primary curriculum and therefore provide their teachers with appropriate course background. (OH,and I don't think Norway is doing poorly in international tests, either.)
Karen Dee Michalowicz Adjunct Faculty Upper School Mathematics Chair George Mason University The Langley School Fairfax, VA McLean, VA