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

Ainley, Janet, Barton, Bill, Jones, Keith, Pfannkuch, Maxine and Thomas, Mike (2002) Is what you see what you get? representations, metaphors and tools in mathematics didactics In, Novotna, J. (eds.) European Research in Mathematics Education II. Prague, Charles University Press pp. 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.

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Published date: 2002
Keywords: representation, metaphor, tool, mathematics, teaching, learning, didactics, pedagogy, computers, ICT, curriculum, technology
Organisations: Mathematics, Science & Health Education


Local EPrints ID: 13999
ISBN: 8072900757
PURE UUID: ecff05f6-61cf-4464-8be0-94a6a3ed44dc
ORCID for Keith Jones: ORCID iD

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Date deposited: 13 Jan 2005
Last modified: 17 Jul 2017 16:59

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Author: Janet Ainley
Author: Bill Barton
Author: Keith Jones ORCID iD
Author: Maxine Pfannkuch
Author: Mike Thomas
Editor: J. Novotna

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