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ERIC Number: EJ1070986
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0228-0671
Reframing the Discussion on Word Problems: A Political Economy
Harouni, Houman
For the Learning of Mathematics, v35 n2 p28-33 2015
Many studies have attempted to describe the significant place of word problems at the intersection of mathematics, education and real world activity. In this essay the author suggests that the discussion of word problems needs to be reframed within a historical and dialectical conception of "mathematics," "the real world" and pedagogical institutions. The author argues that the literature on word problems takes for granted certain unexamined conceptions of history, everyday experience and mathematics that severely curtail our understanding of the topic. These assumptions can be effectively re­-examined in light of political economy and divisions of labor.
FLM Publishing Association. 382 Education South, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta T6G 2G5, Canada. e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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