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ERIC Number: EJ1112191
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Feb
Pages: 40
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-2014-3621
Three Key Concepts of the Theory of Objectification: Knowledge, Knowing, and Learning
Radford, Luis
REDIMAT - Journal of Research in Mathematics Education, v2 n1 p7-44 Feb 2013
In this article I sketch three key concepts of a cultural-historical theory of mathematics teaching and learning--the theory of objectification. The concepts are: knowledge, knowing and learning. The philosophical underpinning of the theory revolves around the work of Georg W. F. Hegel and its further development in the philosophical works of K. Marx and the dialectic tradition (including Vygotsky and Leont'ev). Knowledge, I argue, is movement. More specifically, knowledge is a historically and culturally codified fluid form of thinking and doing. Knowledge is pure possibility and can only acquire reality through activity--the activity that mediates knowledge and knowing. The inherent mediated nature of knowing requires learning, which I theorize as social, sensuous and material processes of objectification. The ideas are illustrated through a detailed classroom example with 9-10-year-old students.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
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Language: English
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