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ERIC Number: EJ1091379
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1479-4802
Instrumental and Documentational Approaches: From Technology Use to Documentation Systems in University Mathematics Education
Gueudet, Ghislaine; Buteau, Chantal; Mesa, Vilma; Misfeldt, Morten
Research in Mathematics Education, v16 n2 p139-155 2014
In this article we present an "instrumental approach" in mathematics education, which focuses on the interactions between students, teachers, and "artefacts." This approach analyses "mediations" attached to the use of a given artefact and "instruments" developed by the subjects from this artefact along "instrumental geneses." We draw on three "Research Cases" at university to illustrate the use of this approach: the first is about students' geneses with a programming technology; the second about students' and teachers' geneses with a virtual learning environment; and the third about textbooks and teachers professional development. We also introduce the "documentational approach," which draws on the instrumental approach, but takes into account the broader range of available "resources." It distinguishes resources and "documents" developed by teachers from these resources, and studies teachers' "documentation systems." We present a fourth "Research Case" concerning the documentation system of a mathematics teacher, and focusing on the place of technologies within this system.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: National Science Foundation (NSF)
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada; Michigan; Norway
Grant or Contract Numbers: DRL0745474