Living Mathematics

TitleLiving Mathematics
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2020
Refereed DesignationRefereed
JournalEducational Journal of Living Theories
Volume13
Start Page98
Issue1
Pagination98-117
Date Published06/2020
Type of ArticleLiving Theory
ISSN2009-1788
Abstract

I define my ‘living mathematics’ as my living-educational-theory of teaching and researching mathematics. I define ‘Living Mathematics’ as the overarching values-based approach to the teaching and research of mathematics as a parallel to the distinction made between ‘living-educational-theory’ and ‘Living Educational Theory research’. In this article I ask the question ‘how do I improve my practice of teaching and researching here?’ by exploring how I:

  1. As a teacher can support mathematical thinking and the understanding of textbook concepts using a valuebased approach and,
  2. As a researcher can enhance my mathematical thinking and modify, or create, mathematical models by calling upon my lived experiences, capturing and representing them in a symbolic form.

I define teaching and research pathways in Living Mathematics as sequences of useful and focused key actions. Four exemplar case studies of my living mathematics are discussed; two from the teaching pathway and two from the research pathway.

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