
02319690
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1997f.04218
DiSessa, Andrea A.
The many faces of a computational medium: teaching the mathematics of motion.
DiSessa, Andrea A. et al., Computers and exploratory learning. Springer, Heidelberg (ISBN 3540592024). 337359 (1995).
1995
Springer, Heidelberg
EN
M53
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.)