March 3, 2011: Mathematics, Mathematizing, and the Engineering of Mathematics Education

February 16th, 2011 by Dana Ernst

Title: Mathematics, Mathematizing, and the Engineering of Mathematics Education

Date: Thursday, March 3, 2011

Location: Hyde 349

Time: 4:00-5:00PM (Pizza at 3:30PM in Hyde 349)

Speaker: Jeffrey Taylor (Graduate Student, Plymouth State University)

Abstract: What historians do is not history; what biologists do is not biology – at least, it’s not the body of knowledge we put between textbook covers for our students. Similarly, a lot of what mathematicians actually do is not mathematics.

In this presentation, we will examine the distinction between mathematizing and mathematics, and use it to examine recent trends in the philosophy and psychology of mathematical learning, with the aim of critically articulating the 25 year old concept of “mathematical knowledge for teaching.”

Readings: Prior to the talk, it would be useful for people to take a look at the articles here and here, as well as the essay titled Those Who Understand by Lee Shulman, which you can access by logging in to myPlymouth, going to Library > Journals, searching for Educational Researcher, scrolling down to reveal the 1980’s, clicking on 1986, and then accessing  Issue 2.

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