Mathematics education as practice: A theoretical position

Christine Edwards-Groves, Peter Grootenboer

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In this paper we will examine mathematics education using practice theory. We outline the theoretical and philosophical ideas that have been developed, and in particular, we discuss the "sayings," "doings," and "relatings" inherent in the teaching and learning practices of mathematics education. This theorising is drawn from an empirical study that focused on the broader practices of education in schools. We exemplify these ideas with a small excerpt of data. Understanding mathematics education as a practice highlights the site-based nature and also ecological arrangement of practices, and we conclude by outlining some implications that emerge from this perspective.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Event36th Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia (MERGA) Conference 2013 - University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia
Duration: 07 Jul 201311 Jul 2013 (Conference proceedings)


Conference36th Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia (MERGA) Conference 2013
Abbreviated titleMathematics Education: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow
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