Construcción social del conocimiento matemático durante la obtención de genes en una práctica toxicológica


Bolema: Boletim de Educação Matemática




This research report focuses on the study of the social practices in the construction of mathematical knowledge. Unlike the traditional focus on the study of explicit mathematical concepts, this study focused on the presence of mathematical concepts in the scientific atmosphere of a toxicologist, where they are used implicitly. We employ a construct that we will temporarily refer to as "sets of practices" to analyze how they construct innovative knowledge by means of processes of institutionalization of practices; considering that social practices are the generator of knowledge, and recognizing the importance of "knowledge in use". We propose a model in which beliefs, knowledge, experience, expectations, social representations, and conceptions play a role in this construction. The results are relative to the functional nature of mathematics as a tool for building knowledge. The localized optimization-standardization mechanism played a normative role in the practice studied.

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