Mathematics, mind and occupational subjectivity

Walls, Fiona (2009) Mathematics, mind and occupational subjectivity. In: Proceedings of 33rd Conference of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education (5) pp. 305-312. From: 33rd Conference of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education, 19 - 24 July 2009, Thessaloniki, Greece.

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Occupational subjectivity is a term that is used to describe the way individuals orient themselves in the world both recreationally and vocationally, that is, how they behave as occupational beings, justify occupational choices and imagine occupational futures. This paper exposes the ways in which the study of mathematics at school is powerfully implicated in occupational subjectivity. A group of upper secondary school children reflect on making choices about whether to continue studying mathematics once it is no longer compulsory, what kinds of mathematics to study when faced with several options, and the place of mathematics in occupation beyond school. The children could he seen to select occupational subject positions in reference to discourses linking self, mind and mathematics.

Item ID: 11342
Item Type: Conference Item (Research - E1)
ISBN: 978-960-243-657-8
ISSN: 0771-100X
Keywords: mathematics education; sociology of education; subjectivity
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Conference theme "In search for theories in mathematics education"

Date Deposited: 26 May 2010 22:19
FoR Codes: 13 EDUCATION > 1301 Education Systems > 130105 Primary Education (excl Maori) @ 70%
13 EDUCATION > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130208 Mathematics and Numeracy Curriculum and Pedagogy @ 30%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9303 Curriculum > 930301 Assessment and Evaluation of Curriculum @ 100%
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