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ERIC Number: EJ881202
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Feb
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 52
ISSN: ISSN-0159-6306
The Impossibility of "Real-Life" Word Problems (According to Bakhtin, Lacan, Zizek and Baudrillard)
Gerofsky, Susan
Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, v31 n1 p61-73 Feb 2010
In recent years a great deal of work on mathematical word problems has focused on efforts to bring more of "real life" into the problems themselves and students' uptake of these problems. Following on from earlier studies of the word problem as a pedagogical and literary genre, the author argues that we cannot unproblematically assume an ability to know and to represent or match "real life" in word problems. The author uses the work of contemporary theorists Bakhtin, Lacan, Zizek and Baudrillard, including concepts like the chronotope, the Lacanian Real, Imaginary and Symbolic, simulacra, and impossible exchange, to argue that conditions of our postmodern world render transparent matchings of word problems with "real life" unsustainable.
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Language: English
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