id: 05369481
dt: b
an: 2009d.00043
au: Gutstein, Eric
ti: Reading and writing the world with mathematics. Toward a pedagogy for
social justice.
so: Critical Social Thought. London: Routledge (ISBN 978-0-415-95084-8/pbk;
978-0-415-95083-1/hbk). xiv, 257~p. (2006).
py: 2006
pu: London: Routledge
la: EN
cc: A40 C60 D30 D40
ut: mathematics in context; interactions between mathematics and society; US
mathematics curricula
ci:
li:
ab: In this book the author stresses the impact that understanding of
mathematics has not only on understanding political and generally
social problems, but also vice versa: that through understanding and
applying mathematics a person can change his or hers social
surroundings. The author describes his experiences, teaching methods,
students’ reactions, discussions and other classroom experiences in a
Chicago public school with mostly Mexican pupils. Although most of the
concrete topics addressed in this book are specific for the US, many of
the authors’ ideas are applicable in other communities. Nowadays a
very popular approach of teaching mathematics is through the so-called
“real-life-examples". These are often not so real or at least not
real enough for the children who should solve the problems because they
mostly don’t have any personal experiences which would enable them to
relate to the problems. The author of this book shows that with a
little creativity the mathematics teacher can find real
real-life-examples and problems for his students to solve, and even
more: through discussing such examples that relate to social problems
one can teach students that mathematics can help to “read and write"
the world: to understand, describe, rethink and change the social and
political way of life.
rv: Franka Miriam Bruckler (Zagreb)