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Communities in university mathematics
University of East Anglia, Norwich, United Kingdom.
Loughborough University, Loughborough, United Kingdom.
Mälardalen University, School of Education, Culture and Communication, Educational Sciences and Mathematics.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0120-9829
2014 (English)In: Research in Mathematics Education, ISSN 1479-4802, E-ISSN 1754-0178, Vol. 16, no 2, p. 161-176Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper concerns communities of learners and teachers that are formed, develop and interact in university mathematics environments through the theoretical lens of Communities of Practice. From this perspective, learning is described as a process of participation and reification in a community in which individuals belong and form their identity through engagement, imagination and alignment. In addition, when inquiry is considered as a fundamental mode of participation, through critical alignment, the community becomes a Community of Inquiry. We discuss these theoretical underpinnings with examples of their application in research in university mathematics education and, in more detail, in two Research Cases which focus on mathematics students' and teachers' perspectives on proof and on engineering students' conceptual understanding of mathematics. The paper concludes with a critical reflection on the theorising of the role of communities in university level teaching and learning and a consideration of ways forward for future research. 

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2014. Vol. 16, no 2, p. 161-176
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Community of Inquiry, Community of Practice, critical alignment, identity, university mathematics education
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URN: urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-25596DOI: 10.1080/14794802.2014.918351Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84902686297OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mdh-25596DiVA, id: diva2:732618
Available from: 2014-07-04 Created: 2014-07-04 Last updated: 2017-12-05Bibliographically approved

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