# On metaphors in thinking about preparing mathematics for teaching : In memory of José (“Pepe”) Carrillo Yáñez (1959–2021)

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Scheiner, Thorsten, Godino, Juan D., Montes, Miguel A., Pino-Fan, Luis R. and Climent, Nuria. (2022). On metaphors in thinking about preparing mathematics for teaching : In memory of José (“Pepe”) Carrillo Yáñez (1959–2021).

*Educational Studies in Mathematics.*111(2), pp. 253-270. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10649-022-10154-4

Authors | Scheiner, Thorsten, Godino, Juan D., Montes, Miguel A., Pino-Fan, Luis R. and Climent, Nuria |
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Abstract | This paper explores how different schools of thought in mathematics education think and speak about preparing mathematics for teaching by introducing and proposing certain metaphors. Among the metaphors under consideration here are the unpacking metaphor, which finds its origin in the Anglo-American school of thought of pedagogical reduction of mathematics; the elementarization metaphor, which has its origin in the German school of thought of didactic reconstruction of mathematics; and the recontextualization metaphor, which originates in the French school of thought of didactic transposition. The metaphorical language used in these schools of thought is based on different theoretical positions, orientations, and images of preparing mathematics for teaching. Although these metaphors are powerful and allow for different ways of thinking and speaking about preparing mathematics for teaching, they suggest that preparing mathematics for teaching is largely a one-sided process in the sense of an adaptation of the knowledge in question. To promote a more holistic understanding, an alternative metaphor is offered: preparing mathematics for teaching as ecological engineering. By using the ecological engineering metaphor, the preparation of mathematics for teaching is presented as a two-sided process that involves both the adaptation of knowledge and the modification of its environment. |

Keywords | didactic transposition; ecology of mathematical knowledge; elementarization; metaphor; recontextualization; unpacking mathematics |

Year | 2022 |

Journal | Educational Studies in Mathematics |

Journal citation | 111 (2), pp. 253-270 |

Publisher | Springer |

ISSN | 0013-1954 |

Digital Object Identifier (DOI) | https://doi.org/10.1007/s10649-022-10154-4 |

Scopus EID | 2-s2.0-85129434659 |

Open access | Published as ‘gold’ (paid) open access |

Page range | 253-270 |

Publisher's version | License File Access Level Open |

Output status | Published |

Publication dates | |

Online | 05 May 2022 |

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Accepted | 13 Apr 2022 |

Deposited | 15 Jun 2022 |

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