Hermeneutics and Mathematics Education

  • Tony Brown
Part of the Mathematics Education Library book series (MELI, volume 20/a)


How far can mathematics be drawn into a linguistic domain and how far does such a move enable us to clarify the way in which students share their mathematical thinking with their peers and with their teacher? Such concerns will be addressed throughout the book. Before proceeding, however, I feel an example might help in further clarifying some of the issues of concern. I offer an account of someone working in a university seminar specifically concerned with exploring how words are introduced in holding on to evolving ideas (first reported by Brown, 1996 a, pp. 62–64). In the seminar there was an invitation to imagine a particular geometrical configuration. In an attempt to give a more graphic example of the issues of concern in this book I offer the three sentences which initiated the exercise and an account of someone’s developing understanding during the exercise, written immediately afterwards.


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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 2001

Authors and Affiliations

  • Tony Brown
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  1. 1.Institute of EducationThe Manchester Metropolitan UniversityUK

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