The power of mathematics education in the 18th century

J.H.J. Kruger

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In the Dutch Republic in the 18th century mathematics was considered very important for many professions. However there were hardly any national or regional educational institutes which provided mathematics education. Three orphanages in different towns received a large inheritance under condition that they provided education for technical and artistic professions. The Foundations which were established had a curriculum in which mathematics was the main subject. The influence of several curriculum components and some external curriculum factors are recognisable in documents and archival data. This is illustrated by the history of one student.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCERME8
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the Eight Congress of the European Society for Research in Mathematics Education
EditorsBehiye Ubuz, Çiğdem Haser, Maria Alessandra Mariotti
Place of PublicationAnkara
PublisherMiddle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey
Pages2020 - 2029
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)978-975-429-315-9
Publication statusPublished - 2014


  • history mathematics education
  • curriculum components
  • foundation of Renswoude
  • mathematics army engineering
  • mathematics instruction
  • 18th century


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