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(Re)imagining spatialities for equity in mathematics education

Swanson, D. M.; le Roux, Kate

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Authors

Kate le Roux



Contributors

David Kollosche
Editor

Abstract

Contemporary discourse about the ‘opening’/‘closing’ of schools and what is ‘inside’/‘outside’ the curriculum potentially exacerbates existing inequities in mathematics education. This paper explores how different spatial imaginaries might advance or hinder efforts to deeply and systematically pursue equity. We use critical postcolonial thought for our (re)imaginings in the South African context. We argue that viewing the school, the mathematics curriculum, and language as nouned, bounded, spatial objects highlights what needs attention and for whom, but also points to the indelible, structural nature of exclusion. We propose a notion of spatiality as experienced encountering. This recognises all people and their practices as strategic agents, and emphasises relations between people, but also between the mind, body and Earth.

Citation

Swanson, D. M., & le Roux, K. (2021). (Re)imagining spatialities for equity in mathematics education. In D. Kollosche (Ed.), Exploring new ways to connect: Proceedings of the Eleventh International Mathematics Education and Society Conference (603-612)

Presentation Conference Type Edited Proceedings
Conference Name Eleventh International Mathematics Education and Society Conference
Start Date Sep 24, 2021
End Date Sep 29, 2021
Acceptance Date Dec 13, 2021
Online Publication Date Dec 31, 2021
Publication Date Dec 31, 2021
Deposit Date Dec 5, 2022
Publicly Available Date Jan 19, 2023
Volume 2
Pages 603-612
Book Title Exploring new ways to connect: Proceedings of the Eleventh International Mathematics Education and Society Conference
ISBN 9783347399112
Keywords Mathematics Education
Public URL https://nottingham-repository.worktribe.com/output/14590084
Publisher URL https://www.mescommunity.info/proceedings/MES11.pdf