n Learning and Teaching Mathematics - Using messiness to appreciate the nature of Mathematics as a discipline

Volume 2007, Issue 5
  • ISSN : 1990-6811


I am concerned with the nature of mathematics because, according to Hardy (1992), school maths is not mathematics. Burton (2001) believes that school maths can and should reflect the discipline of mathematics, and that children can emulate what mathematicians do as they try to make sense of mathematics. I believe that looking closely at the nature of mathematics does matter if school maths is to reflect the discipline of mathematics.

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