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ERIC Number: EJ1004097
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Jul
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 37
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1954
New Materialist Ontologies in Mathematics Education: The Body in/of Mathematics
de Freitas, Elizabeth; Sinclair, Nathalie
Educational Studies in Mathematics, v83 n3 p453-470 Jul 2013
In this paper we study the mathematical body as an assemblage of human and non-human mathematical concepts. We argue that learners' bodies are always in the process of becoming assemblages of diverse and dynamic materialities. Following the work of the historian of science Karen Barad, we argue that mathematical concepts must be considered dynamic material, and we suggest a "pedagogy of the concept" that animates concepts as both logical and ontological. We draw on the philosopher of mathematics Gilles Chatelet in order to pursue this argument, elaborating on the way that mathematical concepts partake of the mobility of the virtual, while learners, in engaging with this mobility, enter a material process of becoming. We show how the concept of virtuality allows us to look at mathematical concepts in school curriculum in new ways.
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Language: English
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