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A concept analysis of the notion concept: Contributions of an analysing tool

Conference paper
Authors Lotta Wedman
Published in The 42nd Conference of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education. 3-8 July 2018, Umeå [Eds. E. Bergqvist, M. Österholm, C. Granberg, & L. Sumpter]
ISBN 978-91-7601-902-3
ISSN 0771-100X
Publication year 2018
Published at Department of Pedagogical, Curricular and Professional Studies
Language en
Keywords concept, concept analysis, mathematics education, methodology
Subject categories Other Mathematics

Abstract

The word ‘concept’ is used with several meanings in mathematics education. In order to obtain a coherent theoretical framework, a concept analysis of the notion concept is performed for some current frameworks in the field. The taken approach includes creating a tool for analysing views on concept, based on a literature review in philosophy. This tool uses three distinctions of views on concept: mental versus abstract, subjective versus intersubjective, and molecular versus holistic. Examples from texts in mathematics education are given, where the three distinctions are present. Further, the taken approach offers a perspective on concept that simplifies comparisons between frameworks.

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