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Opening the Research Text

Critical Insights and In(ter)ventions into Mathematics Education

  • An important resource in the burgeoning field of socio-cultural readings within mathematics education

  • Offers unique approaches to interpreting research within the mathematics education field and takes its place in a growing set of resources

  • Generates texts that assist educators in taking up new research


Part of the Mathematics Education Library book series (MELI, volume 46)

About this book


Opening the Research Text

Critical Insights and In(ter)ventions into Mathematics Education

Edited by:

Elizabeth de Freitas, Adelphi University & University of Prince Edward Island

Kathleen Nolan, University of Regina

The provocative contributions to Opening the Research Text reflect current interest in the political and cultural underpinnings of mathematics education. With 22 contributors including both established researchers and newcomers, this innovative research-oriented volume challenges traditional theories and "comforting narratives" of pedagogy through realistic, non-linear scenarios reflecting the ambiguities and power relationships of the classroom. By alternating research chapters with inventive responses (including poetry, concept mapping, graphic novel, and collage), the editors present theoretical as well as practice-based possibilities in areas as diverse as arts-based inquiry and social justice pedagogy, all in relation to mathematics education. These multiple calls to action will inspire readers to:

  • Rethink the accessibility and impact of their classroom work.
  • Consider the value of poststructuralist strategies to curriculum theory.
  • Explore alternate research paradigms in mathematics education.
  • Trace the intersections of power, economics and mathematics.
  • Critically examine the discourse of school mathematics and policy documents.
  • Engage in self-study, writing their own stories of insight and in(ter)vention.

Opening the Research Text asks teachers, researchers and scholars to add to the dialogue that is transforming the mathematics education field, and leads new educators toward insights into their careers and the students and communities they serve. Additionally, the book can be a primary graduate or supplementary undergraduate text in education or mathematics education.


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Adelphia UniversityGarden CityUSA
  2. 2.University of Prince Edward IslandCharlottetownCanada
  3. 3.University of ReginaReginaCanada

About the authors

Elizabeth de Freitas is Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Education, University of Prince Edward Island. She teaches elementary, intermediate and secondary Mathematics methods courses. She also teaches courses on Culture and Society and Postmodern Research Theory to Master of Education students. She coordinates a “Narrative Group” for graduate students using various narrative forms of inquiry. Elizabeth's current research interest include: mathematics teacher identity, critical pedagogy, mathematical discourse and writing, and issues in research methodology.

Kathleen Nolan is Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education, University of Regina. She teaches undergraduate courses in mathematics and science curriculum in both elementary and secondary teacher education programs, as well as graduate courses in curriculum theory. Kathleen's current research interests include teacher education, mathematics and science epistemology, and critical and narrative research methodologies.

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