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Among the rewarding features of the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association is the opportunity it provides for researchers in mathematics education to break away from the pack and see what laborers in other parts of the vineyard are up to. At the meeting in New Orleans in April, one symposium addressed the issue of whether educational research has a waste disposal problem. The panel of distinguished senior researchers seemed to agree that the answer is yes. They balked, however, at a proposal to set up a commission to purge the system, arguing that one researcher's trash is another's treasure and that our current state of barely civilized anarchy is better than giving so much power to our colleagues, even if they are nice people. Maxine Greene made an eloquent plea that researchers come out of their “methodological ghettos” and learn what approaches are being used elsewhere—a piece of advice that might well apply to some folks in mathematics education.

Journal for Research in Mathematics Education


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