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ERIC Number: EJ1162132
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0228-0671
Circles, Materiality and Movement
Chorney, Sean
For the Learning of Mathematics, v37 n3 p45-49 2017
This paper approaches the concept of the circle through the framework of mathematics-as-becoming. This paper focuses specifically on how a concept can be thought of as a process, and on the implications that this might have for mathematics learning. Contrary to long-standing assumptions about mathematical concepts as ideal, inert, Platonic forms, a process-oriented framework sees the circle originating from the animation of a life force. Temporality and mobility thus become key aspects of mathematical concepts. Indeed, using Ingold's notion of meshwork, I argue that circles materialize from movement; they are perhaps better thought of as verbs than as nouns.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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