ERIC Number: ED342614
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991
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Schools, Mathematics and Work.
Harris, Mary, Ed.
This book illustrates the wide range of issues that should affect any consideration of the relationship between mathematics education and the use of mathematics for practical and work purposes. The concept of ethnomathematics is discussed, and biases, including those of gender, in the content of mathematics and mathematics education are exposed. The views of researchers, users, training boards and employing organizations are presented, and international contributions provide a broader perspective through which to assess existing practices and to suggest alternatives. The book is organized in four main parts: (1) "The Context of Mathematics Education"; (2) "Mathematics in the Workplace--Research Views"; (3) Mathematics in the Workplace--User Views"; and (4) "School Mathematics in Context". Sample papers include, from part 1: "Ethnomathematics and Its Place in the History and Pedagogy of Mathematics" (U. D'Ambrosio); "Foundations of Eurocentism in Mathematics" (G. Joseph); and "Folk Mathematics" (E. Maier). Papers in part 2 include: "Mathematics and Workplace Research" (M. Harris and J. Evans); "The Role of Number in Work and Training" (D. Matthews); and "Mathematics in and Out of School: A Selective Review of Studies from Brazil." The first two papers in part 3, by S. Ingham and K. Pye respectively, focus on the place of mathematics in the clothing and textile industries. The third article in this section, is a review paper especially written for this volume entitled "The Gendering of Work" (J. Holland). Finally, papers from the fourth part include: "'Maths in the Workplace': Some Issues Arising Out of the Development of a Resource Pack" (P. Drake); and "Work Reclaimed: Status Mathematics in Non-Elitist Contexts" (M. Harris and C. Paechter). The book concludes with a description of the Maths in Work Project and its efforts to relate research to practice through the development of a unique set of learning materials. (KR)
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Ethnomathematics, Females, Foreign Countries, Job Skills, Mathematical Applications, Mathematics Education, Mathematics Skills, Problem Solving, Program Descriptions, Sex Differences
The Falmer Press, Taylor & Francis Inc., 242 Cherry Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106-1906 ($31.00).
Publication Type: Collected Works - General
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom