Project Director

Bartoo, Eugene


Dept. of Education


University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Place of Publication

Chattanooga (Tenn.)


This thesis will examine mathematics education in the Soviet Union and compare it to that in Tennessee. It will be composed of three main sections, the first being a brief history of mathematics education in the Soviet Union and in Tennessee. It is necessary to study the history of changes in the respective systems to realize why the mathematics curriculum is the way it is today. A study of the curriculum will then be the second section. The third section will consider teacher training in the Soviet Union and in Tennessee. This area is included because of its obvious relevance to mathematics education. It is the general opinion that Soviet schools will appear superior in mathematics education. Therefore, included in this study are three of America's secondary schools noted for their excellence in mathematics education. They are included to make the comparison between Soviet education and education in America as fair as possible. Extensive research of available materials will be my methodology for the history section of this thesis. The curriculum portion will be developed from current textbooks used in Tennessee, as well as recent articles and studies conducted on Soviet mathematics curricula. Catalogs from four Tennessee teacher training institutions will provide information for that section, along with research materials on teacher training in the Soviet Union. Information concerning the three outstanding American schools, Bronx High School of Science, Stuyvesant High School, and Evanston Township High School, will be received by written personal contact. I believe a comparative study such as this is crucial in this day and age. The public is becoming more aware and more concerned about the Unites States' relationship with the Soviet Union. I also believe that the only means of training tomorrow's leaders is through excellence in education. Perhaps a better understanding of both mathematics education programs can form a basis for improving the mathematics education program in the United States, especially in Tennessee.


B. S.; An honors thesis submitted to the faculty of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in partial fulfillment of the requirements of the degree of Bachelor of Science.




Comparative education; Mathematics--Study and teaching; Education--Soviet Union--History; Curriculum planning--Tennessee


International and Comparative Education

Document Type



iv, 64 leaves





Call Number

LB2369.5 .P537 1987