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A joke on precision? Revisiting “precision” in the school mathematics discourse

Authors
  • Ryan, Ulrika
  • Chronaki, Anna
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2020
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1007/s10649-020-09963-2
OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mau-18128
Source
DiVA - Academic Archive On-line
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Language
English
License
Green
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Abstract

This paper discusses the place of precision in mathematics education by exploring its role in curricular guidelines and in classroom life. By means of a joke on precision delivered by a school student in South Sweden, our study focuses on student participation in mathematical tasks that require precision in processes of measuring and reasoning. The paper uses theories on humour and inferentialism to revisit the normative place of “precision” in mathematics classroom discourse.

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