Mathematics Education and Language: Interpreting Hermeneutics and Post-Structuralism

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Contemporary thinking on philosophy and the social sciences has primarily focused on the centrality of language in understanding societies and individuals; important developments which have been under-utilised by researchers in mathematics education. In this revised and extended edition this book reaches out to contemporary work in these broader fields, adding new material on how progression in mathematical learning might be variously understood.
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Overview

Contemporary thinking on philosophy and the social sciences has primarily focused on the centrality of language in understanding societies and individuals; important developments which have been under-utilised by researchers in mathematics education. In this revised and extended edition this book reaches out to contemporary work in these broader fields, adding new material on how progression in mathematical learning might be variously understood.
A new concluding chapter considers how teachers experience the new demands they face.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
'It seems to me that Brown is involved in an extremely important project in trying to develop such a theoretical frame. This is crucial for the further development of critical mathematics education... I find Mathematics Education and Language interesting and important...'
Professor O. Skovmose, Royal Danish School of Educational Studies, Copenhagen
'It is a remarkable enrichment of our professional literature in terms of theoretical reflection and foundation, as well as through the convincing examples from teaching practice and the style in which it is written. Striking new perspectives are opened for teachers as well as for researchers. It was demanding and strenuous to work with, but personally rewarding and a pleasure.'
Emeritus Professor H. Bauersfeld, Bieleveld University
'...The book is an excellent starting place for anyone seeking a broader introduction to contempory theory and philosophy than is generally available with the comparatively insular world of mathematics education literature... Brown's presentation of the methodological rigour of hermeneutics clearly demonstrates both the timelessness and scholarly potential of this orientation to enquiry.'
B. Davis, York University, Toronto, Canada
From The Critics
This book examines the way in which language and interpretation underpin the teaching and learning of mathematics. It draws on the work of writers including Gadamer and Ricoeur on hermeneutics, Habermas on critical social theory, Saussure on linguistics, Foucault on post-structuralism, and Sch├╝tz on social phenomenology. Most of the examples offered describe elementary students learning mathematics in culturally and linguistically diverse classrooms, although there is also some discussion of work taking place in teacher education courses. This second edition adds material on progression in mathematical learning. A new concluding chapter considers how teachers experience the new demands they face. Brown teaches in the Institute of Education at Manchester Metropolitan University. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780792369691
  • Publisher: Springer Netherlands
  • Publication date: 5/31/2001
  • Series: Mathematics Education Library Series
  • Edition description: 2nd rev. ed. 2001
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 306
  • Product dimensions: 0.67 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 9.21 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements. About the Author. Introduction. Short Review of Recent Research. 1. Hermeneutics and Mathematics Education. 2. The Production of Mathematical Meaning: A Post-Structuralist Perspective. 3. Sharing Mathematical Perspectives. 4. Some Lessons. 5. The Phenomenology of the Mathematics Classroom. 6. Teacher-Student Interactions. 7. Narratives of Learning Mathematics. 8. Mathematics and Language. 9. Developing Teacher Practice. 10. Mathematical Cultures. 11. The Social Constitution of Mathematics. References. Name Index. Subject Index.

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