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ERIC Number: EJ1036710
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Sep
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 94
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1954
An Ideology Critique of the Use-Value of Mathematics
Pais, Alexandre
Educational Studies in Mathematics, v84 n1 p15-34 Sep 2013
The idea that mathematics is needed for our mundane everyday activities has raised the question of how people deal with mathematics outside the school walls. Much has been written in mathematics education research about the possibility of transferring knowledge from and into school. Whereas the majority of this literature commends the possibility of transfer, thus assuming both the desirability of transfer and the importance of school mathematics for the professional and mundane lives of individuals, I am interested in developing an ideology critique on the beliefs underpinning the research on this issue. It will be argued that the use-value attributed to school mathematics disavows its value as part of a political and economic structure, which requires school mathematics to perform other roles than the one related with utility. This critique will be illustrated through the exploration of a typical transfer situation between school and workplace.
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Language: English
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