Adults Mathematical Thinking and Emotions: A Study of Numerate Practice

Adults Mathematical Thinking and Emotions: A Study of Numerate Practice

by Jeff Evans
     
 

The crisis around teaching and learning of mathematics and its use in everyday life and work relate to a number of issues. These include: The doubtful transferability of school maths to real life contexts, the declining participation in A level and higher education maths courses, the apparent exclusion of some groups, such as women and the aversion of many

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The crisis around teaching and learning of mathematics and its use in everyday life and work relate to a number of issues. These include: The doubtful transferability of school maths to real life contexts, the declining participation in A level and higher education maths courses, the apparent exclusion of some groups, such as women and the aversion of many people to maths. This book addresses these issues by considering a number of key problems in maths education and numeracy:
*differences among social groups, especially those related to gender and social class
*the inseparability of cognition and emotion in mathematical activity
*the understanding of maths anxiety in traditional psychological, psychoanalytical and feminist theories
*how adults' numerate thinking and performance must be understood in context.
The author's findings have practical applications in education and training, such as clarifying problems of the transfer of learning, and of countering maths anxiety.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780750709125
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
01/28/2001
Series:
Studies in Mathematics Education Series
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.80(d)

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Table of Contents

List of Figures
List of Tables
Series Editor's Preface
Author's Preface and Acknowledgements
1Introduction: Mathematics, the Difficult Subject1
2Mathematical Thinking in Context Among Adults9
3Mathematics Performance and Social Difference28
4Affect and Mathematics Anxiety42
5Reflections on the Study So Far69
6Rethinking the Context of Mathematical Thinking74
7Rethinking Mathematical Affect as Emotion107
8Developing a Complementary Qualitative Methodology135
9Reconsidering Mathematical Thinking and Emotion in Practice150
10The Learners' Stories181
11Conclusions and Contributions225
App. 1Questionnaire Design and Fieldwork242
App. 2Interview Problems for Solution252
Notes259
Bibliography273
Index288

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