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ERIC Number: ED443682
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Nov
Pages: 29
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Intellectual Discussion in Mathematics.
Cavaluzzi, Christina
In an attempt to unearth the characteristic communication practices of mathematical seminars, the perceptions and beliefs about them held by regular attendees, and the normative ideals about communication in the mathematics community, this paper considers how communication in math is an integral part of how mathematicians do their work. Responding to Karen Tracy's study of intellectual discussion "Colloquium: Dilemmas of Academic Discourse", the paper argues that the construction of "equality through expertise" is the major belief affecting seminar practices and discussion in mathematics. This belief contributes to a portrait of the math world and the academy in general. Examining mathematical seminars, thus, expands notions about intellectual discussion in the academy and challenges notions about the dichotomy between the cognitive sciences and the social sciences. The math community's definitions of interplay of equality and expertise are developed. Briefly describing the role of seminars in mathematics generally and at the ethnographic site, the data is described, and the method used to gather and analyze it is explained. The paper discusses the participants and regular seminar attendees studied and outlines how they described the atmosphere of their seminars, especially with regard to the culture of mathematics, seminars in the math department, and seminars in science. (Contains 30 references and 36 endnotes.) (ASK)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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