Encyclopedia of Mathematics Education

2014 Edition
| Editors: Stephen Lerman

Sociological Approaches in Mathematics Education

  • Uwe GellertEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-007-4978-8_142

Topic and History

Sociological approaches in mathematics education are those where sociological theory guides and directs research. In research on mathematics education, they have a rather short history. They are offering vigorous and fresh perspectives, and they have received increasing attention during the last 25 years. By using methods of empirical investigation and critical analysis, they engage with the complex relationships between individuals, groups, knowledge, discourse, and social practice, aiming at a theoretical understanding of social processes in mathematics education. These relationships are often conceived as tensions between the micro level of individual agency and interaction and the macro level of the social structure of society. The institutions of mathematics education and their functioning, often in terms of social reproduction, are of crucial concern.

Sociological approaches in mathematics education refer to a field of study and a body of knowledge that are not...


Agency Critical analysis Control Curriculum Discourse Discrimination Empirical investigation Everyday knowledge Feminist perspectives Identity Ideology Institution Instructional mechanism Interaction Knowledge Linguistic habitus Mathematics textbooks Parental participation Phenomenology Social practice Social process Parental participation Social semiotics Stratification Structuralist perspectives 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Fachbereich Erziehungswissenschaft und PsychologieFreie Universität BerlinBerlinGermany