Critical Mathematics Education: Recognizing the Ethical Dimension of Problem Solving
Elizabeth de Freitas
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In this paper, I examine the notion of ‘real life’ mathematical applications as possible sites for ethical reflection in school mathematics. I discuss problems with the ‘real’ in mathematics education, and show how these problems are often based on faulty cognitive theories of knowledge transfer. I then consider alternative visions of mathematical application and suggest that attention to classroom discourse and the craft of mathematics offer ways of introducing the ethical into school mathematics.


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Article Type: Research Article

INT ELECT J MATH ED, Volume 3, Issue 2, May 2008, 79-95

Publication date: 08 Aug 2008

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