
05495599
j
2009e.00182
Carraher, David W.
Beyond `blaming the victim' and `standing in awe of noble savages': a response to ``Revisiting Lave's `Cognition in Practice'''.
Educ. Stud. Math. 69, No. 1, 2332 (2008).
2008
Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht
EN
D20
C30
C60
C70
A40
F90
concepts
everyday mathematics
school mathematics
street mathematics
theory of mathematics education
research
doi:10.1007/s1064900891264
Summary: Everyday Mathematics has contributed in important ways to longstanding debates about mathematical concepts, symbolic representation, and the role of contexts in thinking  the latter topic reaching back at least as far as Kant's notion of $scheme$. The descriptive work plays a role, of course. But it is only by making sense of the observations that science moves forward. If over time the expression Everyday Mathematics drops from usage, I would be neither surprised nor disappointed. Eventually the field needs to become absorbed into the mainstream traditions of research in mathematics education. However it would be disappointing if it is remembered only for its descriptive and proscriptive aspects, without recognizing the contributions to research, theory, and the cultural context of learning and thinking.