id: 05219327
dt: j
an: 2007e.00263
au: Calder, Nigel; Brown, Tony; Hanley, Una; Darby, Susan
ti: Forming conjectures within a spreadsheet environment.
so: Math. Educ. Res. J. 18, No. 3, 100-116 (2006).
py: 2006
pu: Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht; Mathematics Education Research Group of
Australasia (MERGA), Wahroonga, New South Wales, Australia
la: EN
cc: E40 R20 C60
ut: interpersonal relationship; interaction; instructional materials;
spreadsheets; hermeneutics; abstract reasoning; mathematical concepts;
mathematical applications; pattern recognition; algebra
ci:
li: doi:10.1007/BF03217444
ab: Summary: This paper is concerned with the use of spreadsheets within
mathematical investigational tasks. Considering the learning of both
children and pre-service teaching students, it examines how
mathematical phenomena can be seen as a function of the pedagogical
media through which they are encountered. In particular, it shows how
pedagogical apparatus influence patterns of social interaction, and how
this interaction shapes the mathematical ideas that are engaged with
it. Notions of conjecture, along with the particular faculty of the
spreadsheet setting, are considered with regard to the facilitation of
mathematical thinking. Employing an interpretive perspective, a key
focus is on how alternative pedagogical media and associated discursive
networks influence the way that students form and test informal
conjectures. (ERIC)
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