A framework for integrating the history of mathematics into teaching in Shanghai Academic Article uri icon


  • © 2018, Springer Science+Business Media B.V., part of Springer Nature. One major obstacle for integrating the history of mathematics in teaching (hereafter referred to as IHT) is how to help teachers, particularly those who lack experience in IHT, use historical materials in their teaching. Based on many IHT practices in Shanghai, this paper proposes an IHT framework including two parts: one is a triangular pyramid IHT model, and the other is a design-based IHT procedure. The pyramid model is composed of three different communities: teachers, researchers, and historians of mathematics. The design-based procedure, also called operating model, includes cyclic stages, which are investigation, design, implementation, assessment, and publication. The primary purpose of this framework is to build a bridge between theory and practice by combining the two models to address particular teaching concerns and improve teaching. In addition, this paper details the process of the dynamic pyramid model and the design-based IHT procedure, and illustrates an example of the application of this framework. Finally, this paper discusses the differences and similarities between this model and others and also discusses the challenge of applying this model in practice.

altmetric score

  • 1.25

author list (cited authors)

  • Wang, K. e., Wang, X., Li, Y., & Rugh, M. S.

citation count

  • 5

publication date

  • March 2018