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Recreational Mathematics - Only For Fun?
Dalarna University, School of Education, Health and Social Studies, Mathematics Education.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9742-8908
2015 (English)In: Journal of Humanistic Mathematics, ISSN 2159-8118, Vol. 5, no 1, 121-138 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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In this paper, I explore recreational mathematics from two perspectives. I first study how the concept appears in educational policy documents such as standards, syllabi, and curricula from a selection of countries to see if and in what way recreational mathematics can play a part in school mathematics. I find that recreational mathematics can be a central part, as in the case of India, but also completely invisible, as in the standards from USA. In the second part of the report, I take an educational historical approach. I observe that throughout history, recreational mathematics has been an important tool for learning mathematics. Recreational mathematics is then both a way of bringing pleasure and a tool for learning mathematics. Can it also be a tool for social empowerment?

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2015. Vol. 5, no 1, 121-138 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:du-15767DOI: 10.5642/jhummath.201501.07OAI: diva2:747565
Available from: 2014-09-17 Created: 2014-09-17 Last updated: 2015-03-16Bibliographically approved

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