Is what you see what you get? representations, metaphors and tools in mathematics didactics


Ainley, J., Barton, B., Jones, K., Pfannkuch, M. and Thomas, M. (2002) Is what you see what you get? representations, metaphors and tools in mathematics didactics. In, Novotna, J. (ed.) European Research in Mathematics Education II. Prague, Czech Republic, Charles University Press, 128-138. (European Research in Mathematics Education 2).

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This paper is exploratory in character. The aim is to investigate ways in which it is possible to use the theoretical concepts of representations, tools and metaphors to try to understand what learners of mathematics ‘see’ during classroom interactions (in their widest sense) and what they might get from such interactions. Through an analysis of a brief classroom episode, the suggestion is made that what learners see may not be the same as what they get. From each of several theoretical perspectives utilised in this paper, what learners ‘get’ appears to be something extra. According to our analysis, this something ‘extra’ is likely to depend on the form of technology being used and the representations and metaphors that are available to both teacher and learner.

Item Type: Book Section
ISBNs: 8072900757 (hardback)
Keywords: representation, metaphor, tool, mathematics, teaching, learning, didactics, pedagogy, computers, ICT, curriculum, technology
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2361 Curriculum
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB1603 Secondary Education. High schools
Divisions: University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Education > Professional Practice & Pedagogy
ePrint ID: 13999
Date Deposited: 13 Jan 2005
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2014 18:04
Publisher: Charles University Press
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/13999

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