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Tools of American Mathematics Teaching, 1800–2000

Peggy Aldrich Kidwell, Amy Ackerberg-Hastings, and David Lindsay Roberts

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From the blackboard to the graphing calculator, the tools developed to teach mathematics in America have a rich history shaped by educational reform, technological innovation, and spirited entrepreneurship.

In Tools of American Mathematics Teaching, 1800–2000, Peggy Aldrich Kidwell, Amy Ackerberg-Hastings, and David Lindsay Roberts present the first systematic historical study of the objects used in the American mathematics classroom. They discuss broad tools of presentation and pedagogy (not only blackboards and textbooks, but early twentieth-century standardized tests, teaching machines, and…

From the blackboard to the graphing calculator, the tools developed to teach mathematics in America have a rich history shaped by educational reform, technological innovation, and spirited entrepreneurship.

In Tools of American Mathematics Teaching, 1800–2000, Peggy Aldrich Kidwell, Amy Ackerberg-Hastings, and David Lindsay Roberts present the first systematic historical study of the objects used in the American mathematics classroom. They discuss broad tools of presentation and pedagogy (not only blackboards and textbooks, but early twentieth-century standardized tests, teaching machines, and the overhead projector), tools for calculation, and tools for representation and measurement. Engaging and accessible, this volume tells the stories of how specific objects such as protractors, geometric models, slide rules, electronic calculators, and computers came to be used in classrooms, and how some disappeared.

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Each chapter is an enjoyable short story... worth having on an educator’s shelf.

This book will be a crucial reference for anyone trying to understand the history of mathematics education in America.

The history of mathematics education has attracted increasing numbers of researchers and consequently it has become enriched by substantive and thought-provoking works... The list of such works has been augmented with this new, exemplary study.

The authors have done a heroic amount of research and have woven it into a compelling history that any educator will find illuminating.

Educators, historians, mathematicians, or indeed anyone who has gone through public or private school in the last 200 years will enjoy this book.

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440
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9780801888144
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81 halftones, 3 line drawings
Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Part I: Tools of Presentation and General Pedagogy
1. Textbooks: Creating a National Standard
2. The Blackboard: An Indispensable Necessity
3. Standardized Tests: The Many

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Part I: Tools of Presentation and General Pedagogy
1. Textbooks: Creating a National Standard
2. The Blackboard: An Indispensable Necessity
3. Standardized Tests: The Many Guises of Efficiency
4. The Overhead Projector: Snapping the Class to Attention
5. Teaching Machines and Programmed Instruction: A Lifeline in a Sea of Students
Part II: Tools of Calculation
6. The Abacus: Palpable Arithmetic
7. The Slide Rule: Useful Instruction for Practical People
8. The Cube Root Block: Teaching "Evolution" in the Schools
9. Blocks, Beads, and Bars: Learning Numbers through Manipulation
Part III: Tools of Measurement and Representation
10. The Protractor: Acute Solutions for Obtuse Students
11. Metric Teaching Apparatus: Making a Lasting Impression?
12. Graph Paper: From the Railroad Survey to the Classroom
13. Geometric Models: Ocular Demonstrations
14. Linkages: A Peculiar Fascination
Part IV: Electronic Technology and Mathematical Learning
15. Calculators: From Calculating Machines to the Little Professor
16. Minicomputers: Drill, Programming, and Instructional Games
17. Early Microcomputers: The Lure of Novelty
18. Graphing Calculators and Software Systems: The Media with a College Education
Notes
Index

Author Bios
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Peggy Aldrich Kidwell, Ph.D.

Peggy Aldrich Kidwell is curator of the mathematics collections at the National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution.
Amy Ackerberg-Hastings
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Amy Ackerberg-Hastings

Amy Ackerberg-Hastings is an associate adjunct professor of history at the University of Maryland University College.
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David Lindsay Roberts

David Lindsay Roberts is an adjunct professor of mathematics at Prince George's Community College. He is the author of American Mathematicians as Educators, 1893–1923: Historical Roots of the "Math Wars."
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