id: 06675803
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au: Lundin, Sverker; Christensen, Ditte Storck
ti: Mathematics education as praying wheel: how adults avoid mathematics by
pushing it onto children.
so: Straehler-Pohl, Hauke (ed.) et al., The disorder of mathematics education.
Challenging the socio-political dimensions of research. Cham: Springer
(ISBN 978-3-319-34005-0/hbk; 978-3-319-34006-7/ebook). 19-34 (2017).
py: 2017
pu: Cham: Springer
la: EN
cc: C20 C40
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li: doi:10.1007/978-3-319-34006-7_2
ab: Summary: Why is mathematics education endorsed even by people who know
little mathematics and almost never use it? We explore this question
with reference to a theoretical framework inspired by anthropology and
psychoanalysis. Our answer is that participation in mathematics
education generates ambivalence towards mathematics, where it is at the
same time loved and feared. The response to this ambivalence is to
endorse mathematics per proxy, by sending children to school where they
put up a “show” of mathematics-love. By means of a psychological
mechanism involving what we will call the naïve observer this
arrangement allows people to both seem to love mathematics and at the
same time keep it at arm’s length.
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