Mathematics Education Library

Meaning in Mathematics Education

Editors: Kilpatrick, Jeremy, Hoyles, Celia, Skovsmose, Ole (Eds.)

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What does it mean to know mathematics? How does meaning in mathematics education connect to common sense or to the meaning of mathematics itself? How are meanings constructed and communicated and what are the dilemmas related to these processes? There are many answers to these questions, some of which might appear to be contradictory. Thus understanding the complexity of meaning in mathematics education is a matter of huge importance. There are twin directions in which discussions have developed—theoretical and practical—and this book seeks to move the debate forward along both dimensions while seeking to relate them where appropriate. A discussion of meaning can start from a theoretical examination of mathematics and how mathematicians over time have made sense of their work. However, from a more practical perspective, anybody involved in teaching mathematics is faced with the need to orchestrate the myriad of meanings derived from multiple sources that students develop of mathematical knowledge.

This book presents a wide variety of theoretical reflections and research results about meaning in mathematics and mathematics education based on long-term and collective reflection by the group of authors as a whole. It is the outcome of the work of the BACOMET (BAsic COmponents of Mathematics Education for Teachers) group who spent several years deliberating on this topic. The ten chapters in this book, both separately and together, provide a substantial contribution to clarifying the complex issue of meaning in mathematics education.

This book is of interest to researchers in mathematics education, graduate students of mathematics education, under graduate students in mathematics, secondary mathematics teachers and primary teachers with an interest in mathematics.

Table of contents (7 chapters)

  • Meanings of Meaning of Mathematics

    Pages 9-16

  • “Meaning” and School Mathematics

    Geoffrey Howson

    Pages 17-38

  • The Meaning of Conics: Historical and Didactical Dimensions

    Maria G. Bartolini Bussi

    Pages 39-60

  • Reconstruction of Meaning as a Didactical Task: The Concept of Function as an Example

    Rolf Biehler

    Pages 61-81

  • Meaning in Mathematics Education

    Ole Skovsmose

    Pages 83-100

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Meaning in Mathematics Education
Editors
  • Jeremy Kilpatrick
  • Celia Hoyles
  • Ole Skovsmose
Series Title
Mathematics Education Library
Series Volume
37
Copyright
2005
Publisher
Springer US
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag US
eBook ISBN
978-0-387-24040-4
DOI
10.1007/b104298
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-387-24039-8
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4419-3682-0
Series ISSN
0924-4921
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 260
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