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Cultural Perspectives on the Mathematics Classroom : Mathematics Education Library - Steve Lerman

Cultural Perspectives on the Mathematics Classroom

Mathematics Education Library

By: Steve Lerman (Editor)


Published: 30th June 1994
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Mathematics teaching and learning have been dominated by a concern for the intellectual readiness of the child, debates over rote learning versus understanding and, recently, mathematical processes and thinking. The gaze into today's mathematics classroom is firmly focused on the individual learner. Recently, however, studies of mathematics in social practices, including the market place and the home, have initiated a shift of focus. Culture has become identified as a key to understanding the basis on which the learner appropriates meaning. The chapters in this timely book attempt to engage with this shift of focus and offer original contributions to the debate about mathematics teaching and learning. They adopt theoretical perspectives while drawing on the classroom as both the source of investigation and the site of potential change and development. The book will be of fundamental interest to lecturers and researchers and to teachers concerned with the classroom as a cultural phenomenon.

Introductionp. 1
The Culture of the Mathematics Classroom: An Unknown Quantity?p. 7
Sets, Lies and Stereotypesp. 37
Mathematics by Allp. 51
Whose Culture Includes Mathematics?p. 69
Anthropology in the Mathematics Classroom?p. 85
What Happens When Robots Have Feelings?p. 99
The Computer as a Catalyst in the Mathematics Classroom?p. 115
Spoken Mathematical Classroom Culture: Artifice and Artificialityp. 133
Patterns of Interaction and the Culture of Mathematics Classroomsp. 149
Language and "Subjectivity" in the Mathematics Classroomp. 169
Changing Focus in the Mathematics Classroomp. 191
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ISBN: 9780792329312
ISBN-10: 0792329317
Series: Mathematics Education Library
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 215
Published: 30th June 1994
Publisher: Springer
Country of Publication: NL
Dimensions (cm): 25.4 x 17.78  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.54