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Lattie Coor Building Room L1-20 Arizona State University
"Mathematics Education as an Interdisciplinary Science"
Patrick W. Thompson Professor, Mathematics Education Vanderbilt University
ABSTRACT: Alfred North Whitehead opened his 1929 essay on the aims of education with the statement that there is nothing more dangerous than what is commonly taken as a good method of inquiry. His argument was that science subverted to method becomes doctrinaire and ideological. I will take Whitehead's argument as a starting point to discuss ways in which we can understand current trends in national stances on educational research and at the same time understand mathematics education as a scientific field in the larger sense of science as an endeavor to conceptualize phenomena in powerful ways that cohere with observation, experience, and pressing priorities.