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What was the <i>Madison Project?</i>


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Abstract (summary)

This dissertation details the history of the Madison Project, a unique "New Math" program that emerged during the 1950's and 60's in the United States. The Madison Project was the vision of "university mathematician" and math educator, Robert B. Davis.

The Madison Project is presented as a product of its times, reflecting relevant national and international "forces" and "issues" that were at work. Transitory forces are examined against persistent issues; why we teach math (reason), what we teach (content), when we teach it (curriculum), and how we teach it (pedagogy). Developments in educational philosophy and learning theory are considered as well. The study suggests there were critical links between the Cold War, the American Civil Rights Movement, and the reform in math and science education that ensued.

The study acknowledges the roles played by psychologists, math educators, and mathematicians. It also examines the contemporary math programs of the period, and new uses of manipulative materials that emerged. It presents Davis' views of the Project, along with the views of participants who worked with him. Most of these other views were collected by telephone-interview. Complete transcripts of these interviews are included in the appendices of this study.

Indexing (details)


Subject
Mathematics education;
Education history;
Educational psychology
Classification
0280: Mathematics education
0520: Education history
0525: Educational psychology
Identifier / keyword
Education; Davis, Robert B.; Discovery learning; Madison Project; Math education reform; Mathematics; Meaning theory; New Math
Title
What was the <i>Madison Project?</i>
Author
Schulman, Steven M.
Number of pages
423
Publication year
2009
Degree date
2009
School code
0190
Source
DAI-A 70/08, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9781109349542
Advisor
Lugg, Catherine A.
University/institution
Rutgers The State University of New Jersey - New Brunswick
University location
United States -- New Jersey
Degree
Ed.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3373682
ProQuest document ID
304993551
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/304993551
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