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Mathematical moments: Autoethnographic excursions with a mathematical outsider sociologist


Corbett, M, Mathematical moments: Autoethnographic excursions with a mathematical outsider sociologist, The Mathematics Enthusiast, 15, (1) pp. 53-77. ISSN 1551-3440 (2018) [Refereed Article]

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In this essay I offer some reflections on the field of mathematics education, and particularly the sociopolitical analysis of mathematics education that has emerged in contemporary scholarship. Here I attempt to do two things. First of all I respond to a recent book on "disorder" in mathematics education, identifying some themes and problematics that I find intriguing and generative from my perspective outside the field. Here I reflect on the way that mathematics is positioned in educational discourse generally as a proxy for human capital and general intelligence. Next I relate stories from my life and practice as a primary school teacher in which mathematics, as I understood it, bumped productively against problems in everyday life. Finally, I conclude with a reflection on the productive tension between na´ve place-based mathematical understandings and abstract context-bridging mathematical knowledge forms.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:mathematics education, rural education, sociology
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Curriculum and pedagogy
Research Field:Mathematics and numeracy curriculum and pedagogy
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Teaching and curriculum
Objective Field:Teaching and curriculum not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Corbett, M (Professor Michael Corbett)
ID Code:129824
Year Published:2018
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2018-12-19
Last Modified:2019-03-25
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