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Carmen M. Latterell is a Professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Minnesota Duluth, where she teaches math courses for future teachers.
Janelle L. Wilson is a Professor in the Department of Anthropology, Sociology & Criminology at the University of Minnesota Duluth, where she teaches courses primarily in social psychology and deviance.
Chapter 1: Popular Cultural Portrayals of Mathematics and Mathematicians
Chapter 2: Perceptions of Mathematicians
Chapter 3: What Do People Think Mathematics Is?
Chapter 4: Mathematical Autobiographies
Chapter 5: Metaphors
Chapter 6: Semantic Differentials
Chapter 7: Mindset
Conclusion: Summary and Implications
If you are looking for a thorough review of the recent issues in mathematics and mathematics education in the US then Mathematical Metaphors, Memories, and Mindsets is a great place to start. This book considers everything from popular culture and media portrayals of mathematics and mathematicians to findings of research studies. It is an excellent resource for anyone interested in understanding current issues in mathematics education.
— Todd Frauenholtz, PhD, Department of Mathematics & Computer Science, Bemidji State University
This book digs deep into understanding the root cause of students' difficulties in mathematics. The impact of sociological ideas on students' perception of mathematics and mathematicians is profound and the authors take the reader on quite the journey. This is a powerful read for educators and non-educators alike to grasp how to improve math education.
— Matthew L. Beyranevand, EdD, author, "Teach Math Like This, Not Like That" and "Adding Parents to the Equation"; creator, “Math with Matthew”
Mathematical Metaphors, Memories, and Mindsets is a compelling read that provides critical information about how individuals, including future educators and children, view mathematics. Also included in this book, are examples of how our culture influences the portrayal of mathematicians and mathematics and it is rarely good. At a time when the United States is facing critical issues in STEM, understanding these issues may give us a chance to address them head-on. I highly recommend this book to anyone working in the field of education and others who care about STEM education.
— Chery Lucarelli, PhD, Professor and Chair, Graduate Education Programs, College of St. Scholastica
This book takes a thorough look at the past and current culture of mathematics and models of math education. An excellent resource for any math educator who wants to better understand students’ and parents’ common perceptions of mathematics and mathematicians. This cumulation of research has challenged me to think about the social components of mathematics in my own classroom and how to present mathematics in a way that better confronts the negative stigma that surrounds math.
— Scott Klasen, MS, Math & Chemistry Teacher, Lakeview Christian Academy