Abstract / Synopsis
Many colleges and universities offer a course in the history of mathematics. While the potential benefits for students taking such a course might be apparent, it is often less clear how teaching a history of mathematics course can be a transformational experience for faculty. We present a dialogue between the authors regarding their experiences teaching history of mathematics courses, including their motivation for doing so, the impact these experiences have had on their classroom practices and assessment methods, and the opportunities history of mathematics courses offer for incorporating social justice, equity, and inclusion into the study of mathematics. Our goal is to shine additional light on unexpected ways that teaching the history of mathematics can transform faculty perspectives and practices.
Benjamin Braun & Eric Kahn, "Teaching History of Mathematics: A Dialogue," Journal of Humanistic Mathematics, Volume 9 Issue 1 (January 2019), pages 317-325. DOI: 10.5642/jhummath.201901.19. Available at: https://scholarship.claremont.edu/jhm/vol9/iss1/19