Hating school, loving mathematics: On the ideological function of critique and reform in mathematics education

@article{Lundin2012HatingSL,
  title={Hating school, loving mathematics: On the ideological function of critique and reform in mathematics education},
  author={Sverker Lundin},
  journal={Educational Studies in Mathematics},
  year={2012},
  volume={80},
  pages={73-85}
}
Students’ engagement with fictions in the form of “word problems” plays an important role in classroom practice as well as in theories of mathematical learning. Drawing on the Dutch historian Johan Huizinga and the Austrian philosopher Robert Pfaller, I show that this activity can be seen as a form of play or game, where it is pretended that mathematics is useful in real life in a way that it is not. With Pfaller, I argue that play can take hold of the imagination of the players, infusing… CONTINUE READING

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