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

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This book examines mathematics education research from socio-political perspectives. It is organized in dialogic units which examine issues such as the critique of existing research results based on the adoption of socio-political approaches; the implications of alternative theoretical tools in researching mathematics education; the tensions emerging while conducting research in highly conflictive environments; the researchers’ positioning with respect to research participants; and the adoption of socio-political methodological frameworks. As a whole, the book serves to illuminate what it means to say that power is a central constituent of mathematics education practices and research.

This book will be of interest to researchers in mathematics education and general education as well as to graduate students taking courses on mathematics education research.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781441954503
  • Publisher: Springer US
  • Publication date: 12/8/2010
  • Series: Mathematics Education Library Series, #35
  • Edition description: Softcover reprint of hardcover 1st ed. 2004
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 280
  • Product dimensions: 0.62 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 6.14 (d)

Table of Contents

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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