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The Philosophy of Mathematics Education : Studies in Mathematics Education - Paul Ernest

The Philosophy of Mathematics Education

Studies in Mathematics Education

Hardcover Published: 7th January 1991
ISBN: 9781850006664
Number Of Pages: 344

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Although many agree that all teaching rests on a theory of knowledge, there has been no in-depth exploration of the implications of the philosophy of mathematics for education. This is Paul Ernest's aim. Building on the work of Lakatos and Wittgenstein it challenges the prevalent notion that mathematical knowledge is certain, absolute and neutral, and offers instead an account of mathematics as a social construction. This has profound educational implications for social issues, including gender, race and multiculturalism; for pedagogy, including investigations and problem solving; and challenges hierarchical views of mathematics, learning and ability. Beyond this, the book offers a well-grounded model of five educational ideologies, each with its own epistemology, values, aims and social group of adherents. An analysis of the impact of these groups on the National Curriculum results in a powerful critique, revealing the questionable assumptions, values and interests upon which it rests. The book finishes on an optimistic note, arguing that pedagogy, left unspecified by the National Curriculum, is the way to achieve the radical aims of educating confident problem posers and solvers who are able to critically evaluate the social uses of mathematics.

Overview: the philosophy of mathematics education
The philosophy of mathematics: absolutist philosophies of mathematics - a critique
The nature of the philosophy of mathematics, fallibilism
Social constructivism as a philosophy of mathematics, objective knowledge
Social constructivism and subjective knowledge of mathematics
The parallels of social constructivism
Mathematics teaching philosophies: aims and ideologies in mathematics education
Utilitarian ideologies of mathematics education
Purist ideologies of mathematics education
Social change ideology in mathematics education
The aims of curriculum reforms in mathematics - the case of the National Curriculum
Hierarchy in mathematics, learning and society
Social diversity - gender, race, culture and mathematics education
Problem solving and investigation - pedagogy and the possibility of change
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ISBN: 9781850006664
ISBN-10: 1850006660
Series: Studies in Mathematics Education
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 344
Published: 7th January 1991
Publisher: FALMER PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.39 x 15.6  x 2.06
Weight (kg): 0.66
Edition Number: 1

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