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Title: Five decades of mathematics education research
Authors: Inglis, Matthew
Foster, Colin
Keywords: History of mathematics education
Methodology of scientific research programmes
Topic modeling
Issue Date: 2018
Publisher: © National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
Citation: INGLIS, M. and FOSTER, C., 2018. Five decades of mathematics education research. Journal for Research in Mathematics Education, in press.
Abstract: 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.
Description: This paper is closed access.
Sponsor: This research was partially supported by a Royal Society Worshipful Company of Actuaries Research Fellowship.
Version: Accepted for publication
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/32063
Publisher Link: https://www.nctm.org/Publications/Journal-for-Research-in-Mathematics-Education/About-the-Journal-for-Research-in-Mathematics-Education/
ISSN: 0021-8251
Appears in Collections:Closed Access (Mathematics Education Centre)

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