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ERIC Number: EJ962774
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-May
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1954
Affective Productions of Mathematical Experience
Walshaw, Margaret; Brown, Tony
Educational Studies in Mathematics, v80 n1-2 p185-199 May 2012
In underscoring the affective elements of mathematics experience, we work with contemporary readings of the work of Spinoza on the politics of affect, to understand what is included in the cognitive repertoire of the Subject. We draw on those resources to tell a pedagogical tale about the relation between cognition and affect in settings of mathematical learning. Our interest is first captured in the way in which one teacher's priority of establishing an inclusive learning community occasionally harboured what appeared to be pedagogically restrictive conceptions of mathematics. Yet, the classroom practices that produced these conceptions promoted the students' motivation and provided meaningful access to mathematical learning within the classroom collectivity. In a second example, the postponement of scientific encapsulation in bodily imitations of planetary movement kept alive a shared dynamic sense of an elliptical orbit. In both of these cases, we draw on Spinoza's work to show how the affectivity of classroom practice constituted conceptions of cognition and of mathematical activity crucially linked to the imperatives of participation.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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