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ERIC Number: EJ1018735
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0228-0671
Mathematical Texts as Narrative: Rethinking Curriculum
Dietiker, Leslie
For the Learning of Mathematics, v33 n3 p14-19 2013
This paper proposes a framework for reading mathematics texts as narratives. Building from a narrative framework of Meike Bal, a reader's experience with the mathematical content as it unfolds in the text (the "mathematical story") is distinguished from his or her logical reconstruction of the content beyond the text (the "mathematical fabula"). The qualities of mathematics texts that enable a narrative interpretation are examined and key distinctions between literature and mathematics texts are discussed. This framework offers potential benefits for curriculum design, such as helping teachers recognize the possible benefits or consequences of reordering mathematical tasks for students.
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Language: English
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