Mathematics and the Body : Material Entanglements in the Classroom Hardback
by Elizabeth (Adelphi University, Garden City, New York) de Freitas, Nathalie (Simon Fraser University, British Columbia) Sinclair
Part of the Learning in Doing: Social, Cognitive and Computational Perspectives series
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This book explores alternative ways to consider the relationship between mathematics and the material world.
Drawing on the philosophy of Gilles Chatelet and the post-humanist materialism of Karen Barad, the authors present an 'inclusive materialist' approach to studying mathematics education.
This approach offers a fresh perspective on human and nonhuman bodies, challenging current assumptions about the role of the senses, language, and ability in teaching and learning mathematics.
Each chapter provides empirical examples from the classroom that demonstrate how inclusive materialism can be applied to a wide range of concerns in the field.
The authors analyze recent studies on students' gestures, expressions, and drawings in order to establish a link between mathematical activity and mathematical concepts.
Mathematics and the Body expands the landscape of research in mathematics education and will be an essential resource for teachers, students, and researchers alike.