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The New Math and School Governance: An Explanation of the Decline of the New Math in Sweden
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Educational Sciences, Department of Education.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-7718-1343
2018 (English)In: Researching the History of Mathematics Education: An International Overview / [ed] Fulvia Furinghetti; Alexander Karp, Springer International Publishing , 2018, 1Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The main aim of this paper is to explain why certain parts of the Swedish New Math reform failed. The secondary aim is to nuance the idea about the decline of the New Math in Sweden. The analysis is focused on governance, but also ideological, economical and sociological aspects are considered. The main sources are syllabi, official reports and textbooks. Another type of source is a database of historical textbooks in mathematics. Even though the suggested explanation to great degree concerns the Swedish context, it has a more general relevance. Previous research on New Math in other countries is mainly focused on ideological and sociological aspects of the reforms. This paper also highlights the interplay between factors related to textbooks, governance and economics. It is relevant to consider these factors in other countries as well since textbook development was a part of New Math reforms in many countries.

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Springer International Publishing , 2018, 1.
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ICME-13 Monographs, ISSN 2520-8322
Keyword [en]
New Math - Reform - Sweden - Decline - Explanation - Governance
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History Didactics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-331186DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-68294-5ISBN: 978-3-319-68293-8 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-331186DiVA: diva2:1148653
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Swedish Research Council, 2011-05676
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