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Opening the Research Text : Critical Insights and In(ter)Ventions Into Mathematics Education - Elizabeth de Freitas

Opening the Research Text

Critical Insights and In(ter)Ventions Into Mathematics Education

By: Elizabeth de Freitas (Editor), Kathleen Nolan (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 13th November 2007
ISBN: 9780387754635
Number Of Pages: 260

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The provocative contributions to Opening the Research Text reflect current interest in the political and cultural underpinnings of mathematics education. With 22 contributors including both established researchers and newcomers, this innovative research-oriented volume challenges traditional theories and "comforting narratives" of pedagogy through realistic, non-linear scenarios reflecting the ambiguities and power relationships of the classroom. By alternating research chapters with inventive responses (including poetry, concept mapping, graphic novel, and collage), the editors present theoretical as well as practice-based possibilities in areas as diverse as arts-based inquiry and social justice pedagogy, all in relation to mathematics education. These multiple calls to action will inspire readers to:

  • Rethink the accessibility and impact of their classroom work.
  • Consider the value of poststructuralist strategies to curriculum theory.
  • Explore alternate research paradigms in mathematics education.
  • Trace the intersections of power, economics and mathematics.
  • Critically examine the discourse of school mathematics and policy documents.
  • Engage in self-study, writing their own stories of insight and in(ter)vention.

Opening the Research Text asks teachers, researchers and scholars to add to the dialogue that is transforming the mathematics education field, and leads new educators toward insights into their careers and the students and communities they serve. Additionally, the book can be a primary graduate or supplementary undergraduate text in education or mathematics education.

Foreword to the research text: Mathematics education under cross-examinationp. 1
Best evidence research redefined in mathematics educationp. 13
Psychosocial processes in mathematics and mathematics educationp. 27
The teacher as midwife: What can mathematics education research learn from obstetrics?p. 33
Mathematics and mathematics education - deconstructing the math warsp. 41
Pinning a problem in mathematics educationp. 57
Writing as the Intrusive third spacep. 63
Opening the mathematics text: What does it say?p. 65
Huh?!p. 81
Opening up the text - starting in the middlep. 87
Timeless pleasurep. 93
Comforting narratives of compliance: Psychoanalytic perspectives on new teacher responses to mathematics policy reformp. 97
The promises of disrupting comforting narratives of compliancep. 111
The (com)promises of disrupting comforting narratives of compliancep. 123
Power distribution in the network of mathematics education practicesp. 131
A landscape of power distributionp. 147
Living the landscape with/in a thrice-told talep. 155
Mathematics education in a knowledge market: Developing functional and critical competenciesp. 159
More than mark(et) driven? Scenes from a continuing conversationp. 175
Living mathematically: A poet's responsep. 183
Building political relationships with students: An aspect of social justice pedagogyp. 189
Fear of the politicalp. 205
Critiquing knowledge, challenging oppression and standing in solidarity in teacher educationp. 209
A life for Aprile: Social justice as a search of/for the soulp. 213
Afterword: Bootleg mathematicsp. 221
Subject Indexp. 249
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ISBN: 9780387754635
ISBN-10: 0387754636
Series: Mathematics Education Library
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 260
Published: 13th November 2007
Publisher: Springer-Verlag New York Inc.
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.39 x 15.6  x 1.75
Weight (kg): 0.56

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