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ERIC Number: EJ862763
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Nov
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0021-8251
Amidst Multiple Theories of Learning in Mathematics Education
Simon, Martin A.
Journal for Research in Mathematics Education, v40 n5 p477-490 Nov 2009
Currently, there are more theories of learning in use in mathematics education research than ever before (Lerman & Tsatsaroni, 2004). Although this is a positive sign for the field, it also has brought with it a set of challenges. In this article, I identify some of these challenges and consider how mathematics education researchers might think about, and work with, the multiple theories available. I present alternatives to views of the competition or supersession of theories and indicate the kinds of discussions that will support effective theory use in mathematics education research. I describe the potential for mathematics education researchers to make informed, justified choices of a theory or theories to address particular research agendas. (Contains 10 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Adult Education
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Language: English
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