Lawrence, S (2016) 'What are we like? The image of mathematics and mathematicians in mathematics education.' In: Larvor, B, ed. Mathematical cultures: the London meetings 2012-2014. Trends in the history of science . Springer, pp. 111-126. ISBN 9783319285801

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Mathematicians have an issue with their image – this chapter deals in particular with how this image influences mathematics education. It looks at the popular perceptions of mathematicians and the more scientifically based ones, and investigates the consequences of defining characteristics that an able mathematician supposedly holds. It further investigates the ways in which mathematics is compared to mathematics education or school mathematics and the process by which these images of mathematics and mathematicians influence mathematics education.

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