Using mathematics as a tool in Rwandan workplace settings: the case of taxi drivers
2010 (English)In: Proceedings of the Sixth Congress of the European Society for Research in Mathematics Education. January 28th - February 1st 2009, Lyon (France) / [ed] V. Durand-Guerrier, S. Soury-Lavergne, & F. Arzarello, Lyon: INSTITUT NATIONAL DE RECHERCHE PÉDAGOGIQUE , 2010, 1484-1493 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
The present study is part of an ongoing study of which the aims are twofold; to provide knowledge about why and how mathematics is involved in specific workplace settings, and to provide student teachers with culturally relevant examples to contextualise school mathematics for secondary school students. Observations and semi-structured interviews were conducted in the workplaces of two taxi drivers, one house constructor and one restaurant manager. The focus here is on taxi-drivers. The analyses draw on ideas from socio-cultural theory and the anthropological theory of didactics. A common main concern was economic profit and risk of loss; level of justification, mathematical problems to solve and techniques used differed. Among the taxi drivers, silent and taken-for-granted cultural knowledge were used.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Lyon: INSTITUT NATIONAL DE RECHERCHE PÉDAGOGIQUE , 2010. 1484-1493 p.
mathematics at the workplace, Rwanda, anthropological theory of didactics
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-56841ISBN: 978-2-7342-1190-7OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-56841DiVA: diva2:322498
Sixth Congress of the European Society for Research in Mathematics Education