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E. H. Moore's Early Twentieth-Century Program for Reform in Mathematics Education (2001)


E.H. Moore of the University of Chicago (1862-1932) was a productive pure mathematician and vigorous academic politician who inspired the admiration of his students and colleagues. In his retiring address as president of the American Mathematical Society, in December 1902, Moore proposed an ambitious program of educational reform for secondary schools and colleges. He championed the laboratory method of instruction and called for mathematicians to take a larger role in educational issues. This paper examines Moore's reform proposals within the context of his career and in relation to the evolution of mathematics and mathematics education in his era. Although Moore's educational activism was not without influence, and in particular helped instigate the founding of the Mathematical Association of America, mathematics education in the United States did not develop as he envisioned in the early twentieth century. The paper suggests some reasons why Moore's program was not enacted, despite his advantages as an educational spokesman.

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