ERIC Number: ED472093
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001
Mathematics in Action: A Challenge for Social Theorising.
This paper discusses how mathematics can be interpreted as an integral part of technological planning and decision making, and how mathematics therefore operates as an integral part of technology. Three aspects of mathematics in action are presented. The paper provides for the theoretical task of grasping mathematics in action and identifying how mathematics supports a technological imagination, how it establishes possibilities to investigate particular aspects of possible technological constructions, and how mathematics becomes installed in society and starts operating as part of technological devices. It is also pointed out that an understanding of mathematics in action is crucial for interpreting basic aspects of social development. (Contains 66 references.) (KHR)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: In: Canadian Mathematics Education Study Group = Groupe Canadien d'Etude en Didactique des Mathematiques. Proceedings of the Annual Meeting (25th, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, May 25-29, 2001); see SE 066 374.