Sumerianz Journal of Education, Linguistics and Literature

Online ISSN: 2617-1201
Print ISSN: 2617-1732

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Volume 1 Issue 5 (2018)

The Effects of Formalism and Intuitionism on the Development of Mathematics Education

Authors : Michael Gr. Voskoglou
Two extreme philosophies about its orientation have been tacitly appeared almost from ithe origin of mathematics as an autonomous science: Formalism, where emphasis is given to the content and intuitionism, where the attention is turned to problem-solving   processes. In this article the effects of the above two philosophies on the development of mathematics education are studied.  Crucial problems for the future of mathematics education are also discussed, such as the role that computers could play for the teaching and learning of mathematics, etc. Although neither formalism nor intuitionism have finally succeeded to find a solid framework for mathematics, most of its recent advances were obtained through their disputations about the absolute mathematical truth. On the contrary, these disputations have created serious problems in the sensitive area of mathematics education, the most characteristic being probably the failure of the introduction of the “New Mathematics” to school curricula that distressed students and teachers for many years. Therefore, there is a need for those working in the area of mathematics education to search for a proper balance among the several philosophical aspects of mathematics. This will bring the required tranquillity in the area, in order to be developed smoothly for the benefit of future generations.

Pages: 121-127

Language Rights and Language Policy/Practices in Multilingual Nigeria

Authors : Abolaji Samuel Mustapha
Preoccupation with language rights in monolingual and multilingual societies is not unconnected with some of the effects of migration and language issues in multilingual communities. However, a lingering question is whether nations who are signatories to international declarations on language rights are committed to making good their promises by respecting language rights of people in their domains. This paper examined language policies and practices in multilingual Nigeria in light of some of the language rights declarations that are purported to protect people’s rights. We reviewed and critiqued the available Nigeria’s language policies enshrined in its official documents vis-a-vis language practices in the country. The highlights of our review and critique revealed that while some measures that protect individuals’ and groups’ language rights appear to be in place, there are lingering gaps to be filled. Thus, this paper calls for pragmatic steps to fill the existing gaps between the language policy and practices and language rights of individuals and groups.

Pages: 112-120