Critiquing Bourdieu: Implications for doing critical pedagogy in the mathematics classroom

Pete Wright, Laura Black

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Bourdieu’s ideas are highly influential amongst critical mathematics education theorists, and yet there is little consensus on how they might be applied to classroom practice. This paper develops a critique of Bourdieu’s theoretical tools that offers greater insight for practitioners. We argue that a greater understanding of the dialectic between the use value and exchange value of school mathematics can help in exposing and challenging exploitative practices. Through applying our critique to the ‘Teaching Mathematics for Social Justice’ research project, we generate further insight that will inform others committed to doing critical pedagogy in the mathematics classroom.
Original languageUndefined/Unknown
Title of host publicationExploring new ways to connect
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the Eleventh International Mathematics Education and Society Conference
EditorsDavid Kollosche
Place of PublicationHamburg
Number of pages9
ISBN (Print)9783347399129, 9783347399136
Publication statusPublished - 3 Sept 2021

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