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Sinclair, Nathalie – Canadian Journal of Science, Mathematics and Technology Education, 2020

In this paper, I look over the past 20 years of articles in this journal in light of some potential directions for the future. In particular, I examine the way in which some of the local specificities of a Canadian journal relate to more global issues of educational research; I consider the relation between mathematics, science and technology as…

Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Periodicals, Journal Articles, STEM Education

Coles, Alf; Sinclair, Nathalie – Canadian Journal of Science, Mathematics and Technology Education, 2019

In this article, we question the prevalent assumption that teaching and learning mathematics should always entail movement from the concrete to the abstract. Such a view leads to reported difficulties in students moving from manipulatives and models to more symbolic work, moves that many students never make, with all the implications this has for…

Descriptors: Mathematics Education, Mathematics Instruction, Mathematical Concepts, Manipulative Materials

Coles, Alf; Sinclair, Nathalie – Educational Studies in Mathematics, 2019

In this paper, we propose a way of thinking about ritual that is new to mathematics education research and that challenges the more common approaches to ritual that dichotomise thinking and acting. We argue for a material, monist conceptualisation of ritual, which we refer to as ritualisation. In the context of early number work, we show that…

Descriptors: Repetition, Rote Learning, Mathematics Education, Numbers

Sinclair, Nathalie; de Freitas, Elizabeth – ZDM: The International Journal on Mathematics Education, 2019

This paper offers a survey of body studies in mathematics education. Building on earlier insights about the 'embodied mind', which focused primarily on individual, intact bodies, we focus on recent work that elaborates bodies as distributed and extended and fully implicated in socio-material ecologies of learning. The aim of this article is to map…

Descriptors: Human Body, Mathematics Education, Educational Trends, Systems Approach

Sinclair, Nathalie; Patterson, Margaret – Mathematical Thinking and Learning: An International Journal, 2018

The goal of this paper is to explore dynamic geometry environments (DGE) as a type of computer programming language. Using projects created by secondary students in one particular DGE, we analyse the extent to which the various aspects of computational thinking--including both ways of doing things and particular concepts--were evident in their…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Programming, Computation, Thinking Skills

de Freitas, Elizabeth; Sinclair, Nathalie – Canadian Journal of Science, Mathematics and Technology Education, 2018

Human reasoning about and with uncertainty is often at odds with the principles of classical probability. Order effects, conjunction biases, and sure-thing inclinations suggest that an entirely different set of probability axioms could be developed and indeed may be needed to describe such habits. Recent work in diverse fields, including cognitive…

Descriptors: Mathematical Models, Mathematical Concepts, Probability, Thinking Skills

Pepin, Birgit; Choppin, Jeffrey; Ruthven, Kenneth; Sinclair, Nathalie – ZDM: The International Journal on Mathematics Education, 2017

In this conceptual review paper we draw on recent literature with respect to digital curriculum resources (DCR); we briefly outline and explain selected theoretical frames; and we discuss issues related to the design, and the use (by teachers and students) of digital curricula and e-textbooks in mathematics education. The results of our review…

Descriptors: Mathematics Education, Summative Evaluation, Formative Evaluation, Teacher Student Relationship

Herbel-Eisenmann, Beth; Sinclair, Nathalie; Chval, Kathryn B.; Clements, Douglas H.; Civil, Marta; Pape, Stephen J.; Stephan, Michelle; Wanko, Jeffrey J.; Wilkerson, Trena L. – Journal for Research in Mathematics Education, 2016

The NCTM Research Committee identifies key influences on mathematics education that are largely outside the domain of the academic world in which most mathematics education researchers live. The groups that are identified--including the media, companies and foundations, and other academic domains--affect the public's perception of mathematics and…

Descriptors: Mathematics Education, Mathematics, Story Telling, Educational Researchers

Crespo, Sandra; Sinclair, Nathalie – Journal of Mathematics Teacher Education, 2008

School students of all ages, including those who subsequently become teachers, have limited experience posing their own mathematical problems. Yet problem posing, both as an act of mathematical inquiry and of mathematics teaching, is part of the mathematics education reform vision that seeks to promote mathematics as an worthy intellectual…

Descriptors: Mathematics Education, Preservice Teacher Education, Mathematics Teachers, Preservice Teachers

Sinclair, Nathalie – International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education, 2003

Much has been said on matter of aesthetics and mathematics--perhaps most commonly articulated in relation to properties such as "beauty" and "elegance," which are used to distinguish good from not-so-good mathematical products. Despite its importance in the work of mathematicians, it has been argued that aesthetics cannot be incorporated into…

Descriptors: Epistemology, Aesthetics, Mathematics Instruction, Values