How the 'madness' of method affects engagement and equity: a Poststructuralist analysis

Klein, Mary (2005) How the 'madness' of method affects engagement and equity: a Poststructuralist analysis. In: Proceedings of the Fourth International Mathematics Education and Society Conference, pp. 209-218. From: Fourth International Mathematics Education and Society Conference, 2 - 6 July 2005, Gold Coast, QLD, Australia.

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Abstract

In this paper I attempt to show how humanist assumptions about 'relevance and learner autonomy' in mathematics methods can result in teaching and learning interactions that preclude high levels of intellectual engagement and equitable participation. As well, teachers' and researchers' a-critical acceptance of method can lead to maintenance of the status quo, as attention is diverted away from quality and equity in teaching and learning interactions, towards defining and redesigning instructional protocols. A poststructuralist analysis does not allow a mind/body dualism or split in learning; whenever and however the mind is engaged so too is the body, and a pressing problem in mathematics education is that far too many bodies are walking away (Devlin, 2000; Forman & Sheen, 2000).

Item ID: 7763
Item Type: Conference Item (Refereed Research Paper - E1)
Keywords: engagement / disengagement behaviours; equity; mathematics education; Poststructuralist analysis
ISBN: 978-1-920952-35-8
Date Deposited: 11 May 2010 22:37
FoR Codes: 13 EDUCATION > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130208 Mathematics and Numeracy Curriculum and Pedagogy @ 100%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9399 Other Education and Training > 939999 Education and Training not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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