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Construction of social difference in mathematics education

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posted on 1995-01-01, 00:00 authored by 1955- Zevenbergen
This study investigated the social context in which the learning of mathematics occured. It examined the practices of schools and mathematics in order to identify the ways in which they contributed to the construction of social difference. Accordingly, this study was concerned with how schools and mathematics classrooms contribute to working-class students lack of success in mathematics. The differences that occurred in these practices could be seen to contribute to the different outcomes likely to occur in the later years of schooling. It was argued that these differences mean that students from middle-classes would be more likely to undertake and be successful in the study of mathematics than their working-class peers.

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xii, 291 leaves ; 30 cm.

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eng

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Thesis (Ph.D.)--Deakin University, Victoria, 1995.

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Ph.D.

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Faculty of Arts and Education

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