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Beyond communication: using language for researching curriculum, pedagogy and policy in mathematics education

Morgan, C; (2014) Beyond communication: using language for researching curriculum, pedagogy and policy in mathematics education. Didactica Mathematicae , 36 pp. 33-56. 10.14708/dm.v36i0.690. Green open access

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Abstract

The language and other media used in educational practices do not simply transmit the ideas and intentions of speakers and writers. The practices themselves shape and are shaped by what is said. The texts produced by speakers and writers in a practice such as mathematics education thus draw on ways of construing the world that are legitimate within the practice and also constrain the ways in which listeners and readers may respond. Discourse analytic methods drawing on Halliday?s systemic functional linguistics provide means of describing the world of mathematics education through analysis of its spoken and written texts. This allows us to address questions about the nature of mathematics and mathematical activity and about the nature of teaching and learning, of teachers and of students as these are produced in the texts of a given practice. This article is based on a plenary lecture presented at the Children?s Mathematical Education conference held in Pozna?, Poland in July 2014. In it, I discuss a discourse analytic theoretical and methodological approach to researching mathematics education and illustrate this with examples drawn from investigations of curriculum and classroom practice.

Type: Article
Title: Beyond communication: using language for researching curriculum, pedagogy and policy in mathematics education
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.14708/dm.v36i0.690
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.14708/dm.v36i0.690
Language: English
Keywords: discourse analysis, Methodology or method, Curriculum materials, Mathematics or maths, Education
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1475944
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