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ERIC Number: EJ969430
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 27
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 53
ISSN: ISSN-1098-6065
Communicating Experience of 3D Space: Mathematical and Everyday Discourse
Morgan, Candia; Alshwaikh, Jehad
Mathematical Thinking and Learning: An International Journal, v14 n3 p199-225 2012
In this article we consider data arising from student-teacher-researcher interactions taking place in the context of an experimental teaching program making use of multiple modes of communication and representation to explore three-dimensional (3D) shape. As teachers/researchers attempted to support student use of a logo-like formal language for constructing 3D trajectories and figures in a computer microworld, a system of gestures emerged. Observations of multimodal classroom communication suggest that teachers/researchers and students used similar words and gestures to represent different types of movement. We discuss possible sources of these differences, contrasting formal mathematical and everyday systems of representation of 3D space. More generally, we argue that understanding the structures of everyday discourse and their relationships to the structures of specialized mathematical discourse can provide insight into student interactions. (Contains 7 figures, 5 tables and 9 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (London)