Values in Mathematics Education
Values are a significant feature of education in any field, but it is only recently that values in mathematics education have been considered significant, or even recognized. This entry provides a historical perspective to the growing relevance of values in mathematics education. It also illustrates how different researchers have addressed different aspects of values depending on their theoretical and educational foci.
One focus has values being addressed as a characteristic of the person, which approaches values as a psychological construct. It builds on the research in mathematics education which explores values as related to learners’ and teachers’ attitudes, beliefs, and affect generally.
The other main research focus conceptualizes values as a sociocultural construct and is more concerned with the sociocultural context of mathematics education in which values are observed and negotiated. This approach builds on the relevant historical, cultural, and philosophical...
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