Researching the Socio-Political Dimensions of Mathematics Education: Issues of Power in Theory and Methodology / Edition 1

Researching the Socio-Political Dimensions of Mathematics Education: Issues of Power in Theory and Methodology / Edition 1

by Paola Valero, Robyn Zevenbergen
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1441954503

ISBN-13: 9781441954503

Pub. Date: 12/08/2010

Publisher: Springer US

Mathematics education research as a discipline is situated at the confluence of an array of diffuse‚ seemingly incommensurable‚ and radically divergent discourses. Research claims that have grown out of mathematics education are wide-ranging and antagonistic rather than circumscribed by hidebound disciplinary frames. While there has never been a

Overview

Mathematics education research as a discipline is situated at the confluence of an array of diffuse‚ seemingly incommensurable‚ and radically divergent discourses. Research claims that have grown out of mathematics education are wide-ranging and antagonistic rather than circumscribed by hidebound disciplinary frames. While there has never been a unified‚ totalising discipline of knowledge labelled ‘mathematics education research’‚ and while it has always been a contested terrain‚ it is fair to say that the master paradigm out of which this field has been generated has been that of cognitive psychology. Mainstream mathematics education knowledges refracting the master discourse of psychology —whereby cognition serves as the central privileged and defining concept— clearly delimits its possibilities for serving as a social tool of democratic transformation. The central point of departure of this new collection is that mathematics education research is insufficiently univocal to support the type of uncompromising interpretation that cognitive psychologists would bring to it. The hallmark contribution of this pathbreaking volume edited by Paola Valero and Robyn Zevenbergen is the paradigmatic shift the authors have effected in the field of mathematics education research‚ taking up a position at the faultline of socio-cultural analysis and critical pedagogy.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781441954503
Publisher:
Springer US
Publication date:
12/08/2010
Series:
Mathematics Education Library Series, #35
Edition description:
Softcover reprint of hardcover 1st ed. 2004
Pages:
280
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.24(d)

Table of Contents

Contributors
Preface; Peter McLaren

Introduction: Setting The Scene Of This Book
Socio-political perspectives on mathematics education; Paola Valero

First Dialogic Unit: Challenging Traditional Research Areas From Socio-Political Perspectives
The socio-political context of the mathematics classroom. Using Bernstein’s theoretical framework to understand classroom communications; Stephen Lerman and Robyn Zevenbergen
Assessment, learning and identity; Dylan Wiliam, Hannah Bartholomew and Diane Reay

Second Dialogic Unit: Findrng Alternative Theoretical Tools
Postmodernity and social research in mathematics education; Paul Ernest
Problematising culture and discourse for mathematics education research. Defining the issues; tools for research; Tony Cotton and Tansy Hardy

Third Dialogic Unit: Researching In Conflictive Situations
Dichotomies, complementarities and tensions. Researching mathematics teaching in its social and political context; Núria Gorgorió, Nútria Planas and Alan Bishop
Lessons from research with a social movement. A voice from the South; Gelsa Knijnik

Fourth Dialogic Unit: Addressing The Researcher’s Positioning
Researching the school mathematics culture of ‘others’. Creating a self-other dialogue; Anna Chronaki
The fly on the edge of the porridge bowl. Outsider research in mathematics education; Tamsin Meaney

Fifth Dialogic Unit: Adopting Critical Approaches In Research Methodology
Understanding for changing and changing for understanding. Praxis between practice and theory through action research in mathematics education; Bill Atweh
Research methodology and critical mathematics education; Ole Skovsmose and Marcelo Borba
Methodological challenges for mathematics education research from a critical perspective; Renuka Vithal

Epilogue: Talking Back To Mathematics Education Research
School subjects, the politics of knowledge, and the projectsof intellectuals in change; Thomas Popkewitz

Name Index
Subject Index

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