Book ID: CBB367257628

Performing Math: A History of Communication and Anxiety in the American Mathematics Classroom (2020)


Fiss, Andrew (Author)

Rutgers University Press

Publication Date: 2020
Physical Details: 216
Language: English

Performing Math tells the history of expectations for math communication—and the conversations about math hatred and math anxiety that occurred in response. Focusing on nineteenth-century American colleges, this book analyzes foundational tools and techniques of math communication: the textbooks that supported reading aloud, the burnings that mimicked pedagogical speech, the blackboards that accompanied oral presentations, the plays that proclaimed performers’ identities as math students, and the written tests that redefined “student performance.” Math communication and math anxiety went hand in hand as new rules for oral communication at the blackboard inspired student revolt and as frameworks for testing student performance inspired performance anxiety. With unusual primary sources from over a dozen educational archives, Performing Math argues for a new, performance-oriented history of American math education, one that can explain contemporary math attitudes and provide a way forward to reframing the problem of math anxiety.

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Authors & Contributors
Karp, Alexander
Roberts, David Lindsay
Barbin, Évelyne
Brueckler, Franka Miriam
Durst, Anne
Elwick, James M.
Bollettino di Storia delle Scienze Matematiche
British Society for the History of Mathematics Bulletin
Chinese Journal for the History of Science and Technology
Historia Mathematica
History of Education
Paedagogica Historica: International Journal of the History of Education
Springer Nature
Indiana University
Johns Hopkins University
University of Toronto Press
Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick
Mathematics education
Teaching; pedagogy
Primary and secondary education
Boole, Mary Everest
Davis, Robert Campbell
Ewing, John
Klein, Felix
Smith, William
Dewey, John
Time Periods
19th century
20th century, early
20th century
18th century
21st century
United States
Great Britain
University of Chicago
University of Pennsylvania
Panepistēmio Athēnōn

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