Inside the Mathematics Class

Sociological Perspectives on Participation, Inclusion, and Enhancement

  • Uwe Gellert
  • Christine Knipping
  • Hauke Straehler-Pohl

Part of the Advances in Mathematics Education book series (AME)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Enhancement: Facilitating Possible Futures

  3. Inclusion and Exclusion in Social Practices

  4. Participation in Classroom Culture and Beyond

  5. Commentary

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 335-335
    2. Eva Jablonka
      Pages 337-341

About this book


This volume is a forward–looking intersection of Sociological perspectives on mathematics classrooms and socio-political perspectives on mathematics education. The first perspective has generated a substantial body of knowledge in mathematics education. Interactionist research has deepened our understanding of interaction processes, socio-mathematical norms and the negotiation of meaning, generating a ‘micro-sociology’ or a ‘micro-ethnography’ of the mathematics classroom. More recently, socio-political perspectives on mathematics education interrelate educational practices in mathematics with macro-social issues of social equity, class, and race and with the policies that regulate institutionalized mathematics education.
This book documents, strings together and juxtaposes research that uses ethnographical classroom data to explain, on the one hand, how socio-political issues play out in the mathematics class. On the other hand, it illuminates how class, race etc. affect the micro-sociology of the mathematics classroom. The volume advances the knowledge in the field by providing an empirical grounding of socio-political research on mathematics education, and it extends the frame in which mathematical classroom cultures are conceived.


Mathematical education teaching school mathematics mathematics practices preschool mathematics pedagogic practice pedagogic rights classroom analysis distributive strategies learn mathematics social relationships language diversity in maths micro-ethnography

Editors and affiliations

  • Uwe Gellert
    • 1
  • Christine Knipping
    • 2
  • Hauke Straehler-Pohl
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Education and PsychologyFreie Universität BerlinBerlinGermany
  2. 2.Department of Mathematics and Computer ScienceUniversität BremenBremenGermany
  3. 3.Department of Education and PsychologyFreie Universität BerlinBerlinGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-79044-2
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-79045-9
  • Series Print ISSN 1869-4918
  • Series Online ISSN 1869-4926
  • Buy this book on publisher's site