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Gender, Social Class and Mathematics


 
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1. Title Title of document Gender, Social Class and Mathematics - A Multimodal Approach to Classroom Discourse
 
2. Creator Author's name, affiliation, country Kay O'Halloran; National University of Singapore;
 
3. Subject Discipline(s) Linguistics
 
4. Subject Keyword(s) semiosis; mathematical symbolism; mathematics pedagogical discourse; discourse analysis; pedagogy
 
6. Description Abstract The book develops a new multimodal approach to classroom discourse where meanings arising from multiple forms of semiosis are considered. The approach is demonstrated through the analysis of discourse in mathematics classrooms. The approach includes a description of the curriculum, lesson genres and activity sequences, together with an analysis of the use of spoken and written language, mathematical symbolism and visual images in the classroom. The functions of the different forms of semiosis and the nature of intersemiotic transitions from verbal to written modes are described. The metaphorical nature of mathematics pedagogical discourse is demonstrated. In addition, the significance of the material reality of the classroom (for example, the architecture, layout and the use of space) and the functions of the body (for example, gaze, stance and proxemics) for the teaching and learning of mathematics are considered. The theoretical framework is demonstrated through discourse analysis of mathematics lessons which are differentiated according to social class, gender and school type. The analyses of the classroom practices in each lesson are contextualized with respect to the results the students achieve in the mathematics examinations for admission to university. These findings are related to educational policy and the funding and support for the public/private schools sectors. Finally, the implications of a multimodal approach to discourse analysis for teaching and learning mathematics are summarized. The multimodal approach to pedagogy developed in this book is applicable to other curriculum areas.
 
7. Publisher Organizing agency, location Equinox Publishing Ltd
 
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9. Date (YYYY-MM-DD) 01-Dec-2019
 
10. Type Status & genre Peer-reviewed Article
 
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12. Format File format PDF
 
13. Identifier Uniform Resource Identifier https://journals.equinoxpub.com/books/article/view/24841
 
14. Identifier Digital Object Identifier 10.1558/equinox.24841
 
15. Source Journal/conference title; vol., no. (year) Equinox eBooks Publishing; A Multimodal Approach to Classroom Discourse
 
16. Language English=en en
 
18. Coverage Geo-spatial location, chronological period, research sample (gender, age, etc.) modern to contemporary
 
19. Rights Copyright and permissions Copyright 2014 Equinox Publishing Ltd