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Mathematical moments: Autoethnographic excursions with a mathematical outsider sociologist

Corbett, M ORCID: 0000-0001-9617-4643 2018 , 'Mathematical moments: Autoethnographic excursions with a mathematical outsider sociologist' , The Mathematics Enthusiast, vol. 15, no. 1 , pp. 53-77 .

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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 incontemporary scholarship. Here I attempt to do two things. First of all I respond to arecent book on “disorder” in mathematics education, identifying some themes andproblematics that I find intriguing and generative from my perspective outside the field.Here I reflect on the way that mathematics is positioned in educational discoursegenerally as a proxy for human capital and general intelligence. Next I relate stories frommy 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 areflection on the productive tension between naïve place-based mathematicalunderstandings and abstract context-bridging mathematical knowledge forms.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Corbett, M
Keywords: mathematics education, rural education, sociology
Journal or Publication Title: The Mathematics Enthusiast
Publisher: Montana Council of Teachers of Mathematics
ISSN: 1551-3440
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Copyright 2018 The Author and Dept. of Mathematical Sciences-The University of Montana

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