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Mathematics Education and Language

Interpreting Hermeneutics and Post-Structuralism

Mathematics Education and Language by Tony Brown
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`Contemporary thinking on philosophy and the social sciences has been dominated by analyses that emphasise the importance of language in understanding societies and individuals functioning within them; important developments which have been under-utilised by researchers in mathematics education. This book reaches out to contemporary work in these broader fields; drawing on original sources in key areas such as Gadamer and Ricoeur's development of hermeneutics, Habermas' work in critical social theory, Schutz's social phenomenology, Saussure's linguistics and the post-structuralist analysis of Derrida, Foucault and Barthes. Through examining the writings of these major thinkers it is shown how language is necessarily instrumental in developing mathematical understanding; but a language that is in a permanent state of becoming, resisting stable connections to the ideas it locates. The analysis offered extends from children doing mathematics to teachers inspecting and developing their own professional practices.'
Springer Netherlands; April 2006
281 pages; ISBN 9780306472138
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Title: Mathematics Education and Language
Author: Tony Brown
 
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0306472139
9780306472138
9780792345541