MathCult abstract of
MATHEMATICS IN SECONDARY EDUCATION
In looking for a philosophy of mathematics in the curriculum of mathematics in
secondary schools is like searching for a needle in a haystack. Everyone had an intuition that
there was little to find. “I think you won’t find anything,” they told me. But to make a
concrete proof of this statement, it was necessary to screen all the curricula. And yes, it was
more than a frustrating job. The curricula change from time to time and some initial concepts
are formulated in the general objectives. The challenge seems to me to show where we can
suggest some philosophical topics for the curriculum.
In this presentation I want first to give you a insight into the rather complex structure
of the educational system in Flanders. Secondly, I want to clarify the different levels in which
the mathematics curriculum is described and set out. Thirdly, I shall present the initial
findings of my research, and finally I shall make some suggestions on a philosophy of
mathematics, starting with the initial concepts as formulated in the general objectives.