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2008 - Working paper

Towards a political economic theory of value in education

In this paper I explore theoretical conceptions of 'use' and 'exchange' values of mathematics in education within a CHAT perspective. I draw on Lave & McDermott's study of 'estranged learning', and from Marx's Capital. From the former, one deduces the source of learners' alienation from learning in the exchange value of mathematics education. However, I turn to Marx's Capital to find the correct meaning of use-value, and conclude that the use-value of mathematics education derives from (i) its value to learners in consumption, and (ii) its value in enhancing (mental) labour power.

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