Values and Beauty in Math Education

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference paper


In this article I argue for a philosophical training of teachers in mathematics to make them critical to their own subject. The same as other teaching objects (e.g. chemistry, biology, geography and literature) mathematics is embedded in a culture, in a society, in a history, and in a school curriculum that is value-laden and power sensitive. Although most curricula spend few room for philosophical questions in favour of the purely mathematical subject, I’ll argue that a mathematics teacher with a philosophical training is better prepared to work with pupils who raise general or philosophical questions about the subject being taught. Moreover, I’ll show that a philosophical approach of teaching mathematics enhances mathematical literacy as defined by the OECD. Mathematics is part of pupils’ capacity of critical citizenship.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Tenth International Mathematics Education and Society Conference –MES10
EditorsJ Subramanian
PublisherHyderabad: University of Hyderabad
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - 2019

Publication series

NameMES proceedings
ISSN (Print)2077-9933


  • mathematics
  • beauty
  • Values


Dive into the research topics of 'Values and Beauty in Math Education'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this