Thérèse Dooley, Elizabeth Dunphy and Gerry Shiel
With Deirdre Butler, Dolores Corcoran, Thérèse Farrell, Siún NicMhuirí, Maura O’Connor, and Joe Travers
International Advisor: Professor Bob Perry
A View of Mathematics
Both volumes are underpinned by a view of mathematics espoused by Hersh (1997): mathematics as ‘a human activity, a social phenomenon, part of human culture, historically evolved, and intelligible only in a social context’ (p. xi). Mathematics is viewed not only as useful and as a way of thinking, seeing and organising the world, but also as aesthetic and worthy of pursuit in its own right (Zevenbergen, Dole, & Wright, 2004). All children are viewed as having an ability to solve mathematical problems, make sense of the world using mathematics, and communicate their mathematical thinking. This shift in perspective demands a change in pedagogy – in particular it puts the teaching-learning relationship at the heart of mathematics.