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The use of 'Value' in Mathematics Education: Cultural- Historical Activity Theory Meets Bourdieu

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I explore conceptions of the use and exchange values of mathematics education from a Cultural-Historical Activity Theory perspective. I draw on Lave and McDermott’s study of estranged learning translated from the early Marx, and from Marx’s later analyses in Das Capital. From the former, one deduces the source of learners’ alienation from learning in the enforced conditions of establishment education. I turn to Das Capital to find the Marxist/ian analysis of the commodity-enhanced labour power and the field of reproduction. I conclude that the use-value of mathematics education derives from learners’ consumption, and from enhanced (mental) labour power. Finally I will discuss Bourdieu’s notion of reproduction and capital in the educational field.

This talk is part of the Faculty of Education Seminars series.

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