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ERIC Number: EJ1076957
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Nov
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 24
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ISSN: ISSN-0039-3746
Movement, Memory and Mathematics: Henri Bergson and the Ontology of Learning
de Freitas, Elizabeth; Ferrara, Francesca
Studies in Philosophy and Education, v34 n6 p565-585 Nov 2015
Using the work of philosopher Henri Bergson (1859-1941) to examine the nature of movement and memory, this article contributes to recent research on the role of the body in learning mathematics. Our aim in this paper is to introduce the ideas of Bergson and to show how these ideas shed light on mathematics classroom activity. Bergson's monist philosophy provides a framework for understanding the "materiality" of both bodies and mathematical concepts. We discuss two case studies of classrooms to show how the mathematical concepts of number and function are themselves "mobile" and full of "potentiality", open to deformation and the remapping of the (im)possible. Bergson helps us look differently at mathematical activity in the classroom, not as a closed set of distinct interacting bodies groping after abstract concepts, but as a dynamic relational assemblage.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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