Mathematics education: Procedures, rituals and man's search for meaning

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Abstract

An attempt is made to analyze mathematical behavior from more general psychological perspectives. The mathematical language is a special case of the human language, which is a form of expression. Many people use common language in a meaningless way. The same is true about the mathematical language. Rituals are other forms of expression. Many people identify rituals in many mathematical contexts (procedures, argumentation). Thus, quite often, they behave in a meaningless way as required by many rituals. On the other hand, the community of mathematics education struggles for meaningful learning. This can be regarded as a special case of man's search for meaning. The general claims will be illustrated by some examples from various mathematical contexts.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-10
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Mathematical Behavior
Volume26
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 4 May 2007

Keywords

  • Beliefs
  • Meaning
  • NCTM standards
  • Procedures
  • Proof
  • Rituals

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