From Royaumont to Lyon: Applications and Modelling During the Sixties

Dirk De Bock*, G. Zwaneveld

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Abstract

At the Royaumont Seminar (1959) the New Math reform was officially launched.
 In the decade between Royaumont and the first ICME congress in Lyon (1969), many mathematics educators were involved in actions to facilitate the implementation of the New Math reform in their country. The New Math advocates were convinced that a deep knowledge and understanding of the structures of modern mathematics was a prerequisite to arrive at substantial applications, but in actual classroom practices the applied side of mathematics was often completely neglected. But already at the Royaumont Seminar there were alternative voices who pleaded for taking the role of applications seriously. We investigate the arguments for integrating applications in mathematics education, as well as the kind of (new) applications that were envisaged, at the Royaumont Seminar and in the decade thereafter, a period which is still less well documented in the history of our field.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages9
Publication statusPublished - 2017
EventInternational Conference on the Teaching of Modelling and Applications - Cape Town, South Africa
Duration: 23 Jul 201728 Jul 2017
Conference number: 18

Conference

ConferenceInternational Conference on the Teaching of Modelling and Applications
Abbreviated titleICTMA
CountrySouth Africa
CityCape Town
Period23/07/1728/07/17

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    De Bock, D., & Zwaneveld, G. (2017). From Royaumont to Lyon: Applications and Modelling During the Sixties. Paper presented at International Conference on the Teaching of Modelling and Applications, Cape Town, South Africa.