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Jeremy Kilpatrick and J. Fred Weaver

Mathematics education has few giants. It lost one on 28 May when William A. Brownell died in Walnut Creek, California, at the age of 82. William Arthur Brownell was born on 19 May 1895 in Smethport, Pennsylvania. He went through elementary and high school in Smethport and then entered Allegheny College, where he received the A.B. in 1917. After graduation, he returned to his hometown to teach at the local high school for four years. Then he went to Illinois to begin graduate work in educational psychology at the University of Chicago.

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Anna Sierpinska, Jeremy Kilpatrick, Nicolas Balacheff, A. Geoffrey Howson, Anna Sfard and Heinz Steinbring

As mathematics education has become better established as a domain of scienti fic research (if not as a scientific discipline), exactly what this research is and what its results are have become less clear. The hi story of the past three International Congresses on Mathematical Education demonstrates the need for greater clarity. At the Budapest congress in 1988, in particular, there was a general feeling that mathematics educators from different parts of the world. countries, or even areas of the same country often talk past one another. There seems to be a lack of consensus on what it means to be a mathematics educator. Standards of scientific quality and the criteria for accepting a paper vary considerably among the more than 250 journals on mathematics education published throughout the world.