Alternative Theoretical Frameworks for Mathematics Education Research

Theory Meets Data

  • Elizabeth de Freitas
  • Margaret Walshaw

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Elizabeth de Freitas, Margaret Walshaw
    Pages 1-10
  3. Margaret Walshaw
    Pages 11-37
  4. Margaret Walshaw
    Pages 39-64
  5. Margaret Walshaw
    Pages 65-91
  6. Elizabeth de Freitas
    Pages 93-120
  7. Elizabeth de Freitas
    Pages 121-148
  8. Elizabeth de Freitas
    Pages 149-173
  9. Margaret Walshaw, Elizabeth de Freitas
    Pages 175-190
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 191-193

About this book


This book explicates some of the fundamental philosophical tenets underpinning key theoretical frameworks, and demonstrates how these tenets inform particular kinds of research practice in mathematics education research. We believe that a deep understanding of significant theories from the humanities and social sciences is crucial for doing high-quality research in education. For that reason, this book focuses on six key theoretical sources, unpacking their relevance and application to specific research examples.   
We situate these key theorists within a larger framework pertaining to the history of thought more generally, and discuss how competing theories of teaching and learning differ in terms of their philosophical assumptions. In so doing, we offer context and motivation for particular research methods, with the agenda of helping researchers reflect on why particular approaches and not others might work for them.


critical discourse analysis of mathematics mathematical education theory mathematics education social semiotics embodied cognition

Authors and affiliations

  • Elizabeth de Freitas
    • 1
  • Margaret Walshaw
    • 2
  1. 1.Manchester Metropolitan UniversityManchesterUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.Massey UniversityPalmerston NorthNew Zealand

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Education
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-33959-7
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-33961-0
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