ERIC Number: ED455094
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999
Women Returning To Study Mathematics: An Epistemological Journey?
Brew, Christine R.
The societal perception that mathematics is absolute and infallible reinforces a transmission pedagogy and is considered to be a major stumbling block for women returning to study mathematics. Children at risk in mathematics are found to rely on rules and procedures and similar findings are evident with adults. A reliance on rules is consistent with an epistemological perspective that knowledge is absolute and external to the self. This paper is work in progress on the usefulness of two feminist epistemological frameworks to understand the experiences of women returning to study mathematics. Two contexts in the further education sector are included in the study, a Community House and a TAFE college. (Contains 47 references and 8 tables.) (Author)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Epistemology, Females, Feminism, Foreign Countries, Mathematicians, Mathematics Education, Postsecondary Education
For full text: http://www.aare.edu.au/99pap/bre99404.htm.
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Combined Meeting of the Australian Association for Research in Education and the New Zealand Association for Research in Education (Melbourne, Australia, November 29-December 2, 1999). Contains small print. "This research is supported by a La Trobe University postdoctoral fellowship research grant."