- Newly published chapter in the 2008 Yearbook of the National Society for the Study of Education: The role of mathematics in education for democracy
Deborah Ball and Hyman Bass have published a chapter in the 2008 Yearbook of the National Society for the Study of Education (NSSE). “The role of mathematics in education for democracy” addresses one of the enduring concerns in schooling–how to relate meaningful classroom experiences to greater public purposes, specifically in mathematics classrooms. The crux of their argument is that mathematics instruction can embrace, uphold, and promote the norms, skills, and dispositions of democracy. Using a classroom discussion as example, they show how young people can develop competence in problem solving, democratic dialogue, and consensus building. They argue that mathematics offers an underutilized set of resources for the ways in which we educate students for participation in a democracy.
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