Olympification versus aesthetization: The appeal of mathematics outside the classroom

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In this paper we explore the notion of olympification in mathematics education. Therefore we analyse the differences between the measurements of PISA and TIMSS which will be further detailed by an example of Flanders. Besides the observation of the olympification we consider the possibility of another perspective on mathematics education, looking at a way of bringing classroom mathematics in interaction with the material grounding of mathematics and with other experiences in life. Based on the content analysis of eight international journals concerning mathematical education we demonstrate the extent in which teachers and researchers take care of outside classroom experiences as possible input for a mathematical curiosity and understanding. Focussing on the relation between mathematics and art we will shortly explore different examples of mathematics within the arts. Finally we bring an example of how a mathematician can creatively bring mathematics outside the classroom.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEducational Research: Material Culture and its Representation
EditorsP. Smeyers, M. Depaepe
Place of PublicationDordrecht
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-319-03083-8
ISBN (Print)978-3-319-03082-1
Publication statusPublished - 2014

Publication series

NameEducational Research
PublisherSpringer International Publishing

Bibliographical note

P. Smeyers, M. Depaepe


  • mathematics
  • foundation
  • PISA
  • mathematics education journals
  • exposition
  • Pythagoras
  • Art
  • mathophobia


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