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The shaping of student knowledge: learning with dynamic geometry software

Jones, Keith (2005) The shaping of student knowledge: learning with dynamic geometry software At Virtual Learning? the Computer Assisted Learning Conference 2005 (CAL05), United Kingdom. 04 - 06 Apr 2005. 10 pp.

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The focus of this paper is a software genre usually referred to as ‘dynamic geometry’ because of the ability of the user to dynamically manipulate geometrical figures created with the software tool. Using data from a longitudinal study of 12-13 students’ use of dynamic geometry software, the focus of the analysis is on the interpretations the students make of geometrical objects and relationships when using this form of software. The analysis suggests that the students’ mathematical reasoning is shaped by their interactions with the software in that their ability to explain geometrical facts and relationships evolves from imprecise, ‘everyday’ expressions, through reasoning that is overtly mediated by the software environment, to mathematical explanations of the geometric situation that transcend the particular tool being used. Such findings suggest that curriculum initiatives that encourage the use of dynamic geometry software are appropriate but that the incorporation of such software into classroom practices is unlikely to be straightforward.

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Published date: 2005
Additional Information: Draft paper; please do not quote without the permission of the author
Venue - Dates: Virtual Learning? the Computer Assisted Learning Conference 2005 (CAL05), United Kingdom, 2005-04-04 - 2005-04-06
Keywords: pedagogy, curriculum, teaching, learning, intuition, geometry, intuitive, drawing, measurement, imagining, manipulating, figures, mathematics, geometric, geometrical, deductive reasoning, proof, school, national curriculum, ICT, dynamic geometry, DGS, DGE
Organisations: Mathematics, Science & Health Education


Local EPrints ID: 18817
PURE UUID: 0692fa14-bfd2-4541-81ad-076bf5b01c91
ORCID for Keith Jones: ORCID iD

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Date deposited: 04 Jan 2006
Last modified: 17 Jul 2017 16:34

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