1st Edition

Mathematical Literacy
Developing Identities of Inclusion

ISBN 9780805846874
Published October 6, 2008 by Routledge
256 Pages

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Book Description

Why do so many learners, even those who are successful, feel that they are outsiders in the world of mathematics? Taking the central importance of language in the development of mathematical understanding as its starting point, Mathematical Literacy explores students’ experiences of doing mathematics from primary school to university - what they think mathematics is, how it is presented to them, and what they feel about it. Building on a range of theory which focuses on community, knowledge, and identity, the author examines two particular issues: the relationship between language, learning, and mathematical knowledge, and the relationship between identity, equity, and processes of exclusion/inclusion.

In this comprehensive and accessible book, the author extends our understanding of the process of gaining mathematical fluency, and provides tools for an exploration of mathematics learning across different groups in different social contexts. Mathematical Literacy’s analysis of how learners develop particular relationships with the subject, and what we might do to promote equity through the development of positive relationships, is of interest across all sectors of education—to researchers, teacher educators, and university educators.

Table of Contents



Part I: Inclusion and Exclusion

Chapter 1: Formulating the Problem: Identifying Mathematical Literacy

Chapter 2: Experiencing Mathematics: Building Classroom Cultures and Mathematics Histories

Chapter 3: Mathematical Moments and Mathematical Lives: Doing Mathematics at Northdown School

Chapter 4: Moving On and Moving Up? Entering the World of the Undergraduate Mathematics Student

Chapter 5: Doing Undergraduate Mathematics: Questions of Knowledge and Authority

Chapter 6: Creating Spaces: Identity and Community Beyond The First Year

Part II:  Developing Inclusion

Chapter 7: Subject Positions: Explaining Exclusion from Mathematics

Chapter 8: Supporting Mathematical Literacy

Chapter 9: Relationships with/in Mathematics: Inclusive Mathematics Literacy in Practice

Appendix A: The Education System in England and Wales

Appendix B: The Students, the Data and the Analysis



Author Index

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Yvette Solomon is Reader in the Department of Educational Research, Lancaster University, England.