Educational Studies in Mathematics

, Volume 97, Issue 2, pp 209–213 | Cite as

Book review: Anthropomorphizing mathematics education Review of Hauke Staehler-Pohl, Nina Bohlmann, and Alexandre Pais (Eds). (2017). The disorder of mathematics education: challenging the sociopolitical dimensions of research. 329 pp.

Springer International Publishing, Switzerland. Hardcover: ISBN 978-3-319-34005-0 $119US, 109,99 €. eBook: ISBN 978-3-319-34006-7 91,62 €. DOI:10.1007/978-3319-34006-7
  • Bharath SriramanEmail author

The book under review examines the sociopolitical dimensions of mathematics education under the metaphor of disorder. The title of my book review contains the word anthropomorphize for several reasons. First, the discipline of mathematics education has progressed in directions unimagined fifty years ago, which hark back to the beginnings of research journals like Educational Studies in Mathematics. Second, each of these directions has suggested new areas of inquiry depending on the interest of researchers, such as the psychology, the sociology, the socio-cultural aspects, the ethno-mathematical aspect, the critical theoretic aspect, the political aspect, … of mathematics education. Therefore, these directions taken as a whole with the new area “the disorder of…” suggests mathematics education is linked to different aspects of being human. More specifically and seriously speaking, mathematics education as a discipline is increasingly focused on inquiry directed at cognizing humans...



I appreciate the comments made by Gail FitzSimons on an earlier draft of this review.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of MontanaMissoulaUSA

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