id: 05359614
dt: b
an: 2009b.00011
au: Kidwell, Peggy Aldrich; Ackerberg-Hastings, Amy; Roberts, David Lindsay
ti: Tools of American mathematics teaching, 1800‒2000.
so: Johns Hopkins Studies in the History of Mathematics. Baltimore, MD: Johns
Hopkins University Press (ISBN 978-0-8018-8814-4/hbk). xviii, 418~p.
(2008).
py: 2008
pu: Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press
la: EN
cc: A30 U20 U60 U70
ut: history of mathematics education; USA; schoolbooks; manipulatives; abacus;
slide rule; linkages; blocks; programmed instruction; calculators
ci:
li:
ab: This book is an important and comprehensive contribution to the history
mathematics education in America as seen through the use of
manipulatives. It is in four parts. The first part, Tools of
Presentation and Pedagogy, has five chapters addressing: textbooks, the
blackboard, standardized tests, the overhead projector, and teaching
machines/programmed instruction. The second part, Tools of Calculation,
has four chapters addressing: the abacus, the slide rule, the cube root
block, and blocks/beads/ bars (e.g. Cuisenaire rods). Part three, Tools
of Measurement and Representation, has five chapters addressing: the
protractor, metric teaching apparati, graph paper, geometric models,
and linkages. Part four, Electronic Technology and Mathematical
Learning, has four chapters addressing: calculators, minicomputers,
early microcomputers, and graphing calculators/software systems. The
first author is curator of the mathematics collections at the National
Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution. She has provided a
wealth of photographs of manipulatives from the Smithsonian collection
that further enhance an already valuable study. I do not mean to imply
that this treatise is simply a dry, laundry list of manipulatives. The
authors tell the stories of how specific objects came to be used in
classrooms and how some disappeared. As such it provides an interesting
and engaging view of mathematics education in the United States in the
nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
rv: Steven C. Althoen (Holly)