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On the notion of ”background and foreground” in networking of theories

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In this paper, we report on a finding in an ongoing literature review on Networking of theories. As theories are the focus of networking practices, discussion of what is meant by theory is an ongoing debate. In our reading of these discussions, we experience a discrepancy in the use of the notion of background theories and foreground theories, which can be related to an absolute or a relative understanding of these notions. We account for this discrepancy and discuss potential consequences of each perspective to argue that a new notion ”framing theories” or a distinction between ”background theory inside mathematics education” and ”background theory outside mathematics education” may accommodate these consequences.
TitelSustainable mathematics education in a digitalized world : Proceedings of MADIF 12 The twelfth research seminar of the Swedish Society for Research in Mathematics Education Växjö, January 14–15, 2020
RedaktørerYvonne Liljekvist, Lisa Björklund Boistrup, Johan Häggström, Linda Mattsson, Oduor Olande, Hanna Palmér
StatusUdgivet - 2021
SerietitelSkrifter från Svensk Förening för MatematikDidaktisk Forskning

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