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Re: [xmca] Numbers - Natural or Real?
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- Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2011 06:22:58 -0700
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This is a wonderful question which i believe is full of possibility for
looking at certain basic ontological assumptions
A question I've been struggling with is the purpose of schools [as
institutions]? Is there primary mandate to teach "scientific concepts" or
is the search for recognition more fundamental?
I see a link between this question and your question on teaching numbers as
"activity" or "dialogue" [counting or rational]
On Thu, Jun 30, 2011 at 1:52 AM, Andy Blunden <email@example.com> wrote:
> I don't really have an opinion on this matter, but I would be interested in
> listening in on those who may have an informed opinion.
> I see two different approaches to the teaching of mathematics.
> One takes the /Natural/ Numbers as the basic concept of the subject
> The Other takes the /Rational/ Numbers as the basic concept of the
> One takes /counting/ as the basic Action
> The Other takes /comparison/ of two lengths as the basic Action.
> One situates the basic Action within a /Discourse/
> The Other situates the basic Action within /Activity/
> One is represented by /Anna Sfard /(see
> One is represented by /V V Davydov/ (eg
> Now, I am not really interested in maths teaching, but I am interested in
> the relation between Discourse Analysis and Activity Theory. It seems to me
> that the two concepts, though different, are not at all incompatible.
> Perhaps practical experience with these two approaches would shed light on
> the relation between Discourse and Activity and how it could be best
> reflected in theory?
> Any thoughts my friends?
> *Andy Blunden*
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