Honors Program Theses


Open Access Honors Program Thesis

First Advisor

Catherine Miller


The purpose of my thesis/project is to research mathematics education in the United States, Japan, and South Africa. Japan and South Africa were chosen as countries ranking significantly above and below the United States respectively on the Third International Mathematics and Science Study in recent years. The roles and value of education of each country's culture throughout history will be investigated. After gaining a historical perspective of each country, the current education systems, including the school organization, equity, curriculum, students, staff, and reasons for recent reform, will be explored. Finally, mathematics education will be studied along with each country's strengths and weaknesses within mathematics. After presenting information on each country, similarities and differences among the countries will be explored. Through the research an international perspective on mathematics education will be gained and applied to my teaching practices.

Year of Submission



Department of Mathematics

University Honors Designation

A thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the designation University Honors


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