id: 02319690
dt: a
an: 1997f.04218
au: DiSessa, Andrea A.
ti: The many faces of a computational medium: teaching the mathematics of
motion.
so: DiSessa, Andrea A. et al., Computers and exploratory learning. Springer,
Heidelberg (ISBN 3-540-59202-4). 337-359 (1995).
py: 1995
pu: Springer, Heidelberg
la: EN
cc: M53
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ab: This chapter reviews the development and deployment of two editions of a
course on the mathematics of motion. The course was based on the
premise that everyone involved ‒ students, teachers and researchers
‒ should develop a flexible competence with a general, programmable
computational medium, Boxer. We illustrate the many ways that Boxer was
used in the course, from microworlds and flexible tools to tutorials,
from a compact and precise notation in which to define and use
fundamental concepts, to providing the basis for extended and
thoroughly personalized independent projects. A computational medium
has many attractive qualities that help foster a gradual but effective
shift in classroom practices to new ones that support more effective
and more enjoyable learning of important mathematical and scientific
ideas. (orig.)
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