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When does a way of working become a methodology?

Duffin, J.; Simpson, A.

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J. Duffin


We discuss the question of how to determine what are valid methodologies in mathematics education and the problems associated with developing new ways of working into acceptable research methods. We develop the idea of a two-stage validation process and look at the consequences for communicating between what we term methodological neighbours, an alternative diffusion model that explores the relationship between teachers and researchers, and the role of the PhD within the validation process. We then describe our own way of working and suggest how it is beginning to evolve into a methodology.


Duffin, J., & Simpson, A. (2000). When does a way of working become a methodology?. Journal of Mathematical Behavior, 19(2), 175-188.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jun 1, 2000
Deposit Date Aug 5, 2014
Publicly Available Date Feb 12, 2015
Journal Journal of Mathematical Behavior
Print ISSN 0732-3123
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 19
Issue 2
Pages 175-188
Keywords Methodology, Learning theory, Validation, Introspection


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Copyright Statement
NOTICE: this is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in The journal of mathematical behavior. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in The journal of mathematical behavior, 19/2, 2000, 10.1016/S0732-3123(00)00043-2

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