With our conceptualization of Harré and van Langenhove’s (1999) positioning theory, we draw attention to immanent experience and read transcendent discursive practices through the moment of interaction. We use a series of spatial images as metaphors to analyze the way positioning is conceptualized in current mathematics education literature and the way it may be alternatively conceptualized. This leads us to claim that changing the way mathematics is talked about and changing the stories (or myths) told about mathematics is necessary for efforts to change the way mathematics is done and the way it is taught.
David Wagner and Beth Herbel-Eisenmann have written an article entitled Re-mythologizing mathematics through attention to classroom positioning. the article was published online in Educational Studies in Mathematics on Tuesday. Here is their article abstract: