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Adults Mathematical Thinking and Emotions: A Study of Numerate Practice
     

Adults Mathematical Thinking and Emotions: A Study of Numerate Practice

by Jeff Evans
 

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ISBN-10: 075070912X

ISBN-13: 9780750709125

Pub. Date: 01/28/2001

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

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

Overview

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.

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

Foreword - by Valerie Walkerdine

Author's Preface and Acknowledgements

1. Perpetual Concerns about Mathematics Learning and Use

2. Developing Ideas and Methodologies for the Study

3. Overview of the Book

CHAPTER 2 MATHEMATICAL THINKING IN CONTEXT AMONG ADULTS

1. Conceptions of Practical Mathematics and the Context

1.1 'Numerical skills' approaches

1.2 The Cockcroft Report and 'functional' numeracy

2. Recent British Surveys of Adult Numeracy

3. Conceptual Map and Research Questions

---3.1 Research setting and sample of adults

---3.2 Developing a conceptual map

---3.3 Research Questions

4. Survey Results for Performance and Context

---4.1 Overall levels of performance

---4.2 Specification of contexts of performance: school mathematics and practical maths

5. Conclusions

CHAPTER 3 MATHEMATICS PERFORMANCE AND SOCIAL DIFFERENCE

1. Gender Differences

2. Social Class Differences

3. Conceptual Map and Research Questions

4. Survey and Modelling Results for Gender Differences in Performance

5. Survey and Modelling Results for Social Class Differences in Performance

6. Conclusions

CHAPTER 4 AFFECT AND MATHEMATICS ANXIETY

1. Affect and Anxiety

2. Psychological Conceptions and Measures of Anxiety

3. Mathematics Anxiety, Measures and Relationships

---3.1 Two measures

---3.2 Dimensions of mathematics anxiety

---3.3 Mathematics anxiety, performance and social difference

4. Model A: Conceptual Map and Research Questions

5. Survey and Modelling Results: Contexts of Mathematics Anxiety

---5.1 Initial considerations

---5.2 Factors of mathematics anxiety

6. Survey and Modelling Results: Social Differences and Mathematics Anxiety

7. Survey and Modelling Results: Mathematics Anxiety and Performance

8. Conclusions

CHAPTER 5 REFLECTIONS ON THE STUDY SO FAR

CHAPTER 6 RETHINKING THE CONTEXT OF MATHEMATICAL THINKING

1. A Range of Views on the Meanings of Context and the Possibilities of Transfer

2. The Turn to the Social: Sociocultural Approaches and Situated Cognition

---2.1 Situated cognition: Jean Lave

---2.2 The turn to representations: street mathematics and microworlds

3. The Turn to Language: Structuralist and Poststructuralist Approaches

---3.1 Discourse and boundaries: Basil Bernstein

---3.2 Discursive practice and relations of signification: Valerie Walkerdine

4. Conceptualising Contexts, Practices, Boundaries and Bridges

---4.1 Contexts and the practices at play

---4.2 Relations between practices: boundaries and bridges

5. Conclusions

CHAPTER 7 RETHINKING MATHEMATICAL AFFECT AS EMOTION

1. 'No Emotion, Please! - We're Researching Mathematics'

2. Model B: Process Conceptions of Affect and Anxiety in Mathematics

3. Model C: Approaches Informed by Psychoanalysis

---3.1 Basic ideas: Freud and Lacan

---3.2 Studies done within a psychoanalytic perspective

4. Model D: A Psychoanalytic Approach, Informed by Poststructuralism

---4.1 Cultural and emotional differences in mathematical activity

---4.2 Poststructuralist views on the gendering of mathematics

5. Conclusions

CHAPTER 8 DEVELOPING A COMPLEMENTARY QUALITATIVE METHODOLOGY

1. Themes or Foreshadowed Problems

2. Focus and Methodology of the Interview

---2.1 Psychoanalytic insights in the interview process

---2.2 Areas for exploration

3. Doing the Interviews

---3.1 Sampling methods and recruitment

---3.2 The conduct of the interview

---3.3 The general reflexive account

4. Overview of the Analysis of the Interviews

5. Summary

CHAPTER 9 RECONSIDERING MATHEMATICAL THINKING AND EMOTION IN PRACTICE

1. Theme 1: Contexts of Thinking Ascribed in terms of Positioning in Practices

2. Theme 2: Inseparability of Task and Context

3. Theme 3: Gender and Social Class Differences in Performance Related to Positioning

---3.1 Problem 2: abstract calculation of 10%

---3.2 Problem 4: calculation of 10% tip

---3.3 Problem 5: approximate and exact calculations of 9% pay increase

4. Theme 4: Numerate Thinking as Specific to the Subject's Positioning

---4.1 Strategies used: Problem 6: best buy shopping decision

---4.2 Methods of critical evaluation

5. Theme 5: Emotion Pervades Mathematical Thinking - 'Mathematics is Hot'

6. Theme 6: Gender Differences in Expressing Anxiety

7. Conclusions

CHAPTER 10 THE LEARNERS' STORIES

1. Overview of Themes to be Analysed

2. Case Studies

---2.1 Jean's story

---2.2 Ellen's story

---2.3 Fiona's story

---2.4 Harriet's story

---2.5 Alan's story

---2.6 Donald's story

---2.7 Peter's story

3. Conclusions

CHAPTER 11 CONCLUSIONS AND CONTRIBUTIONS

1. Mathematical Thinking and Emotions in Practice: Contributions to Theory

---1.1 Mathematical thinking and performance in school and everyday contexts

---1.2 Thinking and emotion: mathematics is 'hot'

---1.3 Gender and other social differences

---1.4 Rethining the 'transfer' of learning

2. Ideas for Pedagogy and Practice

---2.1 Adult-friendly contexts for learning

---2.2 Reclaiming numeracy

3. Questions of Methodology and Further Research

---3.1 Fruitfully combining quantitative and qualitative approaches

---3.2 Further research

APPENDIX 1 Questionnaire Design and Fieldwork

APPENDIX 2 Interview Problems for Solution

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