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Recovering the meaning of "critique" in critical mathematics education

Pais, Alexandre and Fernandes, Elsa and Matos, João Filipe and Alves, Ana Sofia (2012) Recovering the meaning of "critique" in critical mathematics education. For the learning of mathematics, 32 (1). pp. 28-33. ISSN 0228-0671

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Abstract

In the last two decades some researchers have been using elements of Critical Theory to rethink the aims and the possibilities of school mathematics. The field known as critical mathematics education has become an important research area, and has been informing teachers who felt the need to change their practices. In this article, we explore the problems felt by a teacher when bringing topics of critical mathematics education into her classroom. These problems illustrate what we argue to be a domestification of the notion of critique, and offer us a window into the entire contradiction of schooling.

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