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Author Walls, Fiona.

Title Mathematical subjects : children talk about their mathematics lives / Fiona Walls
Published Dordrecht ; New York : Springer, [2009]
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Description 1 online resource (xvi, 286 pages) : illustrations
Contents Understanding Children as Mathematical Subjects: Theories and Methods -- Of Subjects, Subjectivity, and Subjectification: Subjects Made Visible -- Of Archaeology, and Genealogy: Choosing Sites and Tools -- The Art of Being Mathematical: The Primary Years -- Children at Work -- Tests and Contests -- Error and Correction -- The Emergence of Ability -- Subjects of Choice: The Secondary Years -- Form and Formula -- Measures of Success -- Keeping Up -- The Shape of Life -- Mathematical Futures: Life After School -- Girl Time and Boys' Clubs: Mathematical Genderfication -- Background or Foreground? Home, Social Class and Ethnicity -- Contemplating a Child-Friendly Mathematical Education
Summary We know the process by which children become social, moral, and creative beings, but when-and how-do they become mathematical beings? This thought-provoking volume follows ten children (ages seven through eighteen) in schools in New Zealand, England, Australia, Sweden, and an international school in Switzerland as they come to recognize the mathematical as part of their lives, their academic identities, and their identities as human beings. Through these students' experiences important themes emerge, including mathematics as work, a domain of learning, and an avenue for competition; mathematical ability as a key to how they are perceived by others; and the relationships between mathematics achievement and the larger social and academic picture. This comparative study of educational systems and academic development will inform readers in these and other salient areas: Theoretical bases for understanding children as mathematical subjects. Help in creating the mathematical self: tutoring and related programs. The roles of compulsory study and standardized assessment. Class and ethnic content in children's math narratives. The gendering of mathematical ability and activity. What children's math experience can teach us about teaching the subject. Children Talk about Their Mathematics Lives opens bold windows onto how young people learn and how disparities arise, making it a cutting-edge resource for researchers and libraries, graduates and teachers in mathematics education and early childhood education
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 271-279) and index
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Subject Mathematics -- Study and teaching.
Mathematics -- Social aspects.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2009930467
ISBN 1441905979 (e-isbn)
9781441905970 (e-isbn)