Mathematical Metaphors, Memories, and Mindsets: An Examination of Personal, Social, and Cultural Influences on the Perception of Mathematics

An Examination of Personal, Social, and Cultural Influences on the Perception of Mathematics
Rowman & Littlefield Education (Verlag)
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  • Hardcover
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  • 160 Seiten
978-1-4758-5346-9 (ISBN)
United States' students continue to have difficulties with the subject of mathematics. Sometimes it is believed that students aren't smart enough to master mathematics or that mathematics is just too difficult for all but the chosen few. This book offers an alternative explanation: Students' difficulties in mathematics can best be understood and explained social scientifically. That is, Learning Theories, Agents of Socialization, and more generally, cultural and social milieu, are relevant in trying to understand individuals' ideas about mathematics. The book begins by providing an overview of the current status in mathematics education. Popular cultural portrayals of mathematics and mathematicians are examined. The book, then, delves deeper into how students perceive mathematics and mathematicians by examining how students view mathematicians, how students define mathematics, and what themes emerge from students' mathematical autobiographies and their metaphors. The book describes a semantic differential, in an effort to ascertain the meanings of math that people hold and shows the different patterns of responses among various groups of people. Finally, the book delves into mathematical mindsets, a current approach to understanding mathematical identities, as well as success and failure in mathematics.
  • Englisch
  • Lanham
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  • USA
Rowman & Littlefield
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  • Höhe: 229 mm
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  • Breite: 152 mm
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  • Dicke: 0 mm
978-1-4758-5346-9 (9781475853469)
Carmen M. Latterell is a Professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Minnesota Duluth, where she teaches math courses for future teachers. Janelle L. Wilson is a Professor in the Department of Anthropology, Sociology & Criminology at the University of Minnesota Duluth, where she teaches courses primarily in social psychology and deviance.
If you are looking for a thorough review of the recent issues in mathematics and mathematics education in the US then Mathematical Metaphors, Memories, and Mindsets is a great place to start. This book considers everything from popular culture and media portrayals of mathematics and mathematicians to findings of research studies. It is an excellent resource for anyone interested in understanding current issues in mathematics education.--Todd Frauenholtz, PhD, Department of Mathematics & Computer Science, Bemidji State University This book digs deep into understanding the root cause of students' difficulties in mathematics. The impact of sociological ideas on students' perception of mathematics and mathematicians is profound and the authors take the reader on quite the journey. This is a powerful read for educators and non-educators alike to grasp how to improve math education.--Matthew L. Beyranevand, EdD, author, "Teach Math Like This, Not Like That" and "Adding Parents to the Equation"; creator, "Math with Matthew"

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