Mathematics education as a network of social practices

Paola Valero

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    Abstract

    Based on an analysis of mathematics education research as an academic field and on current social, political and economic transformations in many European countries, I would argue for the need to rethink and enlarge definitions and views of mathematics education as a scientific field of study in order to provide better understandings and alternatives for practice in the teaching and learning of mathematics today. I will explore the notion of the “network of mathematics education practices” as a complex, multi-layered space of social practice where the meanings of the teaching and learning of mathematics are constituted. I will illustrate the potentiality of this notion to envision possible research paths in the field. I will illustrate these with the research that my colleagues and I have been carrying on multicultural classrooms in Denmark; as well as will offer examples of other research studies in Europe and other parts of the world where I see that the discipline is gaining newer insights that could allow attending to the social changes and challenges of the 21st centur
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the Sixth Congress of the European Society for Research in Mathematics Education
    EditorsVivianne Durand-Guerier, Sophie Soury-Lavergne, Ferdinando Arzarello
    Number of pages26
    Place of PublicationLyon
    PublisherInstitut National de Recherche Pedagogique
    Publication date2010
    PagesLIV-LXXX
    ISBN (Electronic)978-2-7342-1190-7
    Publication statusPublished - 2010
    EventCongress of the European Society for Research in Mathematics Education - Lyon, France
    Duration: 28 Jan 20091 Feb 2009

    Conference

    ConferenceCongress of the European Society for Research in Mathematics Education
    CountryFrance
    CityLyon
    Period28/01/200901/02/2009

    Keywords

    • CERME 6

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