Theories of Mathematics Education

English, Lyn D. & Sriraman, Bharath (2005) Theories of Mathematics Education. In Chick, Helen L. & Vincent, Jill L. (Eds.) 29th Conference of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education, July 10-15, 2005, Melbourne, Australia.

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The purpose of this Forum is to stimulate critical debate in the area of theory use and theory development, and to consider future directions for the advancement of our discipline. The Forum opens with a discussion of why theories are essential to the work of mathematics educators and addresses the possible reasons for why some researchers either ignore or misunderstand/misuse theory in their work. Other issues to be addressed include the social turn in mathematics education, an evolutionary perspective on the nature of human cognition, the use of theory to advance our understanding of student cognitive development, and models and modelling perspectives. The final paper takes a critical survey of European mathematics didactics traditions, particularly those in Germany and compares these to historical trends in other parts of the world.

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ID Code: 3519
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: theory use, theroy development, mathematics educators, models and modelling, cognitive development
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2005 (please consult author)
Deposited On: 19 Jul 2006 00:00
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2011 17:35

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