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Digital Mathematical Performance


Marcelo Borba, Janette Hughes, George Gadanidis, and Ricardo Scucuglia

Performance takes place in the theatre, at poetry readings and on the screen. What if as mathematicians, as math educators, or as students of mathematics we moved outside of the domain of assessment (where performance takes on a different meaning) and used an artistic lens to look at how we ‘perform’ mathematics? If we view mathematics (doing, teaching, learning) as embodied performance, what do we see differently?

Thinking of mathematics and mathematics teaching and learning as performance may help to destabilize and reorganize our thinking about what it means to do and teach mathematics with technology.


Gadanidis, G., Borba, M. & Hughes, J. (coming soon). Students as performance mathematicians.

Gadanidis, G. & Borba, M. (forthcoming). Our lives as performance mathematicians. For the Learning of Mathematics.

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