Democratic access and use of powerful mathematics in an emerging country

Authored by: Luis Moreno-Armella , Manuel Santos-Trigo

Handbook of International Research in Mathematics Education

Print publication date:  June  2008
Online publication date:  April  2010

Print ISBN: 9780805858754
eBook ISBN: 9780203930236
Adobe ISBN: 9781135192761


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With the arrival of the new millennium, we are witnessing a renewed interest in education; every national educational system, in one way or another, is designing programs or taking actions to face the future with education as the sustaining foundations of what has been called the century of information and knowledge. It has become ostensible that educational systems will have to incorporate the immense scientific and technological developments of the past decades, which are, in part, responsible for our expectations for the new century. Every country, depending on its sociocultural and economic conditions, is facing new challenges in education, as education is being understood as a systematic solution to most immediate social needs. In the need to reformulate what is taught, as well as how and why it is taught, does mathematics have an important role to play in society? That is, what is the new role of mathematics in contemporary societies? To be precise, one would have to take into account the degree of development of the societies under study, but the pervasive presence of digital technologies reminds us that these technologies “will rock our worlds” (Baker, 2006, p. 54). Thus, we foresee important transformations in the field of curricular design and development, as well as in the application of new learning tools.

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