Mathematical Pedagogy

  • Date: 06/15/2007

John Mason (Open University)


University of Alberta


Many learners of mathematics seem to take a passive stance towards
their studies, at best assenting to a sequence of definitions and
theorems. The notion of personal example spaces will be developed as a
setting for pedagogical strategies which can be used to provoke
learners into an active (assertive) stance as generators and
re-constructors of mathematical objects and meaning. Various constructs
arising from mathematics education will be used to try to make sense of
the endemic tension between learners' and teachers' conceptions of
learning mathematics.

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