The theme of this special issue is risk. But risk is not a common topic of investigation in mathematics education, lest it be an occasional interest in “at risk” students, generally defined as those who likely will fail at school. In this study, we are not interested in this rather limited use of the risk concept. Instead, we show that risk not only is a condition of human life generally, but also a necessity for teaching and learning mathematics. To show this, we develop the concept of risk with materials from a second-grade mathematics unit on geometry. Implications are drawn concerning the particular forms of ethics that take into account the risk incurred by teachers and students when doing mathematics in the classroom.
Roth, Wolff-Michael and Maheux, Jean-François
"Risk—A Fundamental Condition of Doing Mathematics,"
The Mathematics Enthusiast: Vol. 12
, Article 19.
Available at: http://scholarworks.umt.edu/tme/vol12/iss1/19