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New Directions for Situated Cognition in Mathematics Education

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  • This is a collection of up-to-date insights into the application of theories of situated cognition
  • Authors are all experienced educators
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Part of the book series: Mathematics Education Library (MELI, volume 45)

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New Directions for Situated Cognition in Mathematics Education represents the maturation and expansion of the situated cognition theories applied to mathematics education. All of the situations on which the chapters of this book are based exemplify activity which would be described as mathematical, whether they are classrooms, workplaces, homes or the street. In identifying mathematical activity, this book examines the ways people talk, what they talk about, what they focus on, how they classify experience, what levels and kinds of generality occur to them, what is varied and what is fixed, what relationships they observe or construct and how they express them—much they way music, musicality, and a musician are recognized.

 In this book a dynamic view of knowledge is taken by all the authors. Although knowledge is considered what is produced in learning environments, each chapter offers a different perspective on its relationship to the individual, group, activity, historical conventions, and authoritarian views of meaning.

 New Directions for Situated Cognition in Mathematics Education provides a resource for educators, researchers and students to approach situated cognition through an organized and diverse source.

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Table of contents (15 chapters)

Editors and Affiliations

  • University of Oxford, Oxford, UK

    Ann Watson

  • London South Bank Unviersity, London, UK

    Peter Winbourne

About the editors

Anne Watson is Reader in Mathematics Education at the University of Oxford. Before that she taught for many years in maintained secondary schools which served socially diverse areas. She now works in teacher education, and her work with students, and in local schools, and her research is characterised by a concern for social justice through education. In particular, the nature of mathematics classrooms and adolescents’ relationships within them are a central concern. She has published numerous books, articles and papers for both professional and academic audiences and is often asked to talk to national and international audiences of researchers and practitioners.

Peter Winbourne currently lectures in mathematics education at the London South Bank University. After a long career teaching mathematics in inner city multicultural maintained schools, his passion for mathematics and social equity took him into teacher education, preparing people to work in similar schools. His interests developed from specific focus on the uses of new technologies to support learning to answering difficult questions such as why people should bother to learn at all. In answering these questions he has developed his understanding and ideas of theories of situated cognition, seeing these as illuminating the experiences of individuals as they become the people they are going to be.

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