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Description - Tools of American Mathematics Teaching, 1800-2000 by Peggy Aldrich Kidwell

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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Book Details

ISBN: 9780801888144
ISBN-10: 080188814X
Format: Hardback
(229mm x 152mm x 33mm)
Pages: 440
Imprint: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publish Date: 8-Jul-2008
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Peggy Aldrich Kidwell

Peggy Aldrich Kidwell is curator of the mathematics collections at the National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution. Amy Ackerberg-Hastings is an associate adjunct professor of history at the University of Maryland University College. David Lindsay Roberts is an adjunct professor in the Department of Developmental Mathematics at Prince George's Community College.