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ERIC Number: EJ1108724
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0228-0671
On the Social Nature of Mathematical Reasoning
Roth, Wolff-Michael
For the Learning of Mathematics, v36 n2 p34-39 2016
It has become a truism to state that mathematical knowledge or "meaning" and the norms and practices of (school) mathematical communities are negotiated and socially constructed before individuals construct (internalize) them for themselves. In this study I suggest that the social in existing conceptualizations is based on a trivial notion that fails to capture the social as the mathematics of mathematics. An episode from a second-grade mathematics curriculum is used to articulate a strong version of the social and the transactional order as origin of anything that counts as mathematical.
FLM Publishing Association. 382 Education South, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta T6G 2G5, Canada. e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 2; Primary Education; Early Childhood Education
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Language: English
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