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ERIC Number: EJ1123743
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Jan
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1954
Agency and Assemblage in Pattern Generalisation: A Materialist Approach to Learning
Ferrara, Francesca; Ferrari, Giulia
Educational Studies in Mathematics, v94 n1 p21-36 Jan 2017
In this paper, we draw on the contemporary perspective of inclusive materialism offered by de Freitas and Sinclair to contribute to current discussions on the role of the body in the learning of mathematics. Using the notions of "distributed agency" and "assemblage," we illustrate the way in which three students engage with a patterning task. We discuss this as an example to show how the mathematics activity involves, besides the students' bodies, other materialities that populate the classroom, and "how" all the human and non-human bodies form a moving assemblage that constantly reconfigures and reorients learning. The inclusive materialism helps us talk about learning as a dynamic assemblage rather than in terms of individual achievements and directs attention to the material learning environment.
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Language: English
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