Symposium on the Occasion
of the 100th Anniversary of ICMI

(Rome, 5–8 March 2008)


The development of mathematics education as an academic field

Jeremy Kilpatrick (University of Georgia)

I trace the development of mathematics education as a field of study and practice distinct from mathematics. After 1908, but especially after 1969, ICMI has been both a mirror of that development and a stimulus for new directions. As the community of people who identify themselves as mathematics educators has grown, it has increased in diversity, in part because of the growing multi-disciplinarity of the field. There is also diversity across countries in the way mathematics education is institutionalized and how it is related to mathematics. How has ICMI dealt with these issues?

Jeremy Kilpatrick (USA); reactor: Jean-Luc Dorier (France)