On the Need for Theory of Mathematics Learning and the Promise of ‘Commognition’

  • Anna SfardEmail author
Part of the ICME-13 Monographs book series (ICME13Mo)


In this chapter, research in mathematics education is defined as a special type of discourse in which potentially useful stories about learning and teaching mathematics are being told. A consistent collection of stories coming from a given discourse is known as a theory. A commognitive version of theory of mathematics learning, made distinct by its foundational assumption about the unity of thinking and communicating, is then presented in accord with this discursive definition.


Research Theory Discourse Mathematics education Commognition 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of HaifaHaifaIsrael

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