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The Sociology of Mathematics Education : Mathematical Myths / Pedagogic Texts - Paul Dowling

The Sociology of Mathematics Education

Mathematical Myths / Pedagogic Texts

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Until the 1960s, maths was studied as an academic subject in a desire to have more mathematicians. The current trend, however, has moved away from viewing maths as a purely intellectual endeavour and towards developing a more mathematically competent workforce and citizenry. This trend has seen a large increase in the number of maths schemes being produced by the major educational publishers, which attempt to make maths "easier" and more "approachable" by using language instead of symbols. So why do so many children still "fail" at maths? The author contends that to understand this, teachers need to analyze and evaluate the maths textbooks they are currently using. The author shows the reader how to systematically analyze and evaluate these textbooks. This interrogation of classroom resources, should have important implications for teaching strategies and for textbook design and use.

Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Preface by Series Editorp. xiii
Mathematical Mythsp. 1
Juggling Pots and Textsp. 24
Sociology, Education and the Production of 'Ability'p. 49
The Analysis of School Texts: Some Empirical Antecedentsp. 70
Towards a Language of Description: Some Theoretical Antecedentsp. 87
Constructive Description and Social Activity Theoryp. 124
An Introduction to the Empirical Textp. 170
The Textualizing of Algebrap. 190
Genres of Productionp. 216
Setting and the Public Domainp. 242
Interpellating the Teacherp. 272
Disturbing and Re-Establishing Equilibriump. 288
References and Bibliographyp. 306
Indexp. 326
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ISBN: 9780750707923
ISBN-10: 0750707925
Series: Studies in Mathematics Education
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: 27th November 1997
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.6  x 1.8
Weight (kg): 0.59
Edition Number: 1