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Reading and writing the world with mathematics. Toward a pedagogy for social justice. (English)
Critical Social Thought. London: Routledge (ISBN 978-0-415-95084-8/pbk; 978-0-415-95083-1/hbk). xiv, 257~p. (2006).
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.
Reviewer: Franka Miriam Bruckler (Zagreb)
Classification: A40 C60 D30 D40
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