Vol. 18 No. 3 (2020): Varga 100, Special Issue, Volume 1
Articles

Tamás Varga’s reform movement and the Hungarian Guided Discovery approach

Published November 4, 2020
Katalin Gosztonyi
ELTE, INSTITUTE OF MATHEMATICS, MATHEMATICS TEACHING AND EDUCATION CENTRE
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Gosztonyi, K. (2020). Tamás Varga’s reform movement and the Hungarian Guided Discovery approach. Teaching Mathematics and Computer Science, 18(3), 11–28. https://doi.org/10.5485/TMCS.2020.0475

This paper presents Tamás Varga’s work focusing especially on the Hungarian Complex Mathematics Education reform project led by him between 1963 and 1978 and the underlying conception on mathematics education named “Guided Discovery approach”. In the first part, I describe Varga’s career. In the second part, I situate his reform project in its international and national historical context, including the international “New Math” movement and the “Guided Discovery” teaching tradition, something which is embedded in Hungarian mathematical culture. In the third part, I propose a didactic analysis of Varga’s conception on mathematics education, underlining especially certain of its characteristics which can be related to Inquiry Based Mathematics Education. Finally I briefly discuss Varga’s legacy today.

Subject Classification: 97-03, 97B20, 97D20, 97D40, 97D50