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ERIC Number: EJ1107798
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Sep
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1954
Growing-Making Mathematics: A Dynamic Perspective on People, Materials, and Movement in Classrooms
Roth, Wolff-Michael
Educational Studies in Mathematics, v93 n1 p87-103 Sep 2016
Recent theoretical advances on learning (mathematics) emphasize the fact that what results from engagement with curriculum materials is not entirely in the control of the students in the way classical theories of knowing and learning suggest. These new theories distinguish themselves by either invoking distributed agency, some of which is attributed to non-human aspects of the environment, or by emphasizing the essential (radical) passivity that characterizes coming to know. In this study, an alternative is offered: "making" as a modality of growing. This move allows us to capture theoretically that both growers-makers and their materials grow (old) together. The proposed approach troubles existing ones because it shifts our perspective from a transitive relation between students and the curricular objects to an intransitive one, where the becoming of each is described in terms of Deleuzian "lines" of flight. A case study involving two girls and tangram pieces is described in terms of "growing together" and "becoming-hexagon." Implications are discussed for how researchers can capture the non-agential, non-causal dimensions of coming to know.
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Language: English
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