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Mathematics education as a practice in pursuit of [intellectual] excellence


Moltow, D and Thornton, S and Kinnear, V, Mathematics education as a practice in pursuit of [intellectual] excellence, Proceedings of the 39th Conference of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education, 13-18 July 2015, Hobart, Tasmania, pp. 266-272. ISBN 978-1-86295-829-6 (2015) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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In this paper we argue that mathematics is a practice as described by MacIntyre (2007) in his seminal After Virtue. We explore the link between mathematics and virtue ethics, providing an account of how the social and moral life inherent in mathematics both exhibits and promotes excellence, not just in an intellectual sense but in an ethical sense as a contribution to flourishing. Conceiving of mathematics as a practice (in MacIntyre‘s sense) is necessary for identifying the core virtues as they are exercised in mathematics. We then argue that the practice of mathematics can foster intellectual (and derivatively moral) excellence, and investigate whether and how mathematics education, exhibits and promotes these same virtues, and hence the extent to which mathematics education is a practice properly so called.

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Item Type:Refereed Conference Paper
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Curriculum and pedagogy
Research Field:Curriculum and pedagogy not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Teaching and curriculum
Objective Field:Pedagogy
UTAS Author:Moltow, D (Dr David Moltow)
ID Code:104214
Year Published:2015
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2015-11-04
Last Modified:2017-11-20
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