Mathematical Subjects: children talk about their mathematics lives

Walls, Fiona (2009) Mathematical Subjects: children talk about their mathematics lives. Springer, Dordrecht, Netherlands.

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Abstract

We know the process by which children become social, moral, and creative beings, but when—and how—do they become mathematical beings? This thought-provoking volume follows ten children (ages seven through eighteen) in schools in New Zealand, England, Australia, Sweden, and an international school in Switzerland as they come to recognize the mathematical as part of their lives, their academic identities, and their identities as human beings. Through these students’ experiences important themes emerge, including mathematics as work, a domain of learning, and an avenue for competition; mathematical ability as a key to how they are perceived by others; and the relationships between mathematics achievement and the larger social and academic picture. This comparative study of educational systems and academic development will inform readers in these and other salient areas:

* Theoretical bases for understanding children as mathematical subjects.

* Help in creating the mathematical self: tutoring and related programs.

* The roles of compulsory study and standardized assessment.

* Class and ethnic content in children’s math narratives.

* The gendering of mathematical ability and activity.

* What children’s math experience can teach us about teaching the subject.

Children Talk about Their Mathematics Lives opens bold windows onto how young people learn and how disparities arise, making it a cutting-edge resource for researchers and libraries, graduates and teachers in mathematics education and early childhood education.

Item ID: 5548
Item Type: Book (Research - A1)
ISBN: 978-1-4419-0596-3
Keywords: Foucault, sociology of education, qualitative research methods in education, primary education, early childhood education, mathematics education, identity, gender, subjectivity,longitudinal study
Date Deposited: 11 Nov 2009 03:36
FoR Codes: 13 EDUCATION > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130208 Mathematics and Numeracy Curriculum and Pedagogy @ 40%
16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1608 Sociology > 160809 Sociology of Education @ 60%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9301 Learner and Learning > 930102 Learner and Learning Processes @ 60%
93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930201 Pedagogy @ 40%
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