Illinois State University Mathematics Department

MAT 223: Introduction to Secondary Mathematics Education



A Philosophy to Teach By


One of the major goals of the course as stated in the syllabus is for course participants to write a personal philosophy of mathematics education. This assignment describes that task.

Your personal philosophy of mathematics education should encompass your beliefs and perspectives on several issues. Such issues include, but are not limited to, your views in response to questions such as these:

  • What is mathematics?
  • What mathematics is appropriate for secondary school students to learn?
  • What goals should be set for school mathematics?
  • What forms of instruction should be used in teaching secondary school mathematics?
  • What forms of assessment ought be used to describe students' knowledge and learning of mathematics?
  • How do these topics interrelate with what has gone before and what will come after secondary school mathematics?

Based on these and other issues, write your personal philosophy of mathematics education.

Your word-processed or typed philosophy statement is to be turned in on the day of the semester exam. You are invited and encouraged to submit draft statements over the next few weeks.