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ERIC Number: EJ945039
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Dec
Pages: 23
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1954
Grounded Blends and Mathematical Gesture Spaces: Developing Mathematical Understandings via Gestures
Yoon, Caroline; Thomas, Michael O. J.; Dreyfus, Tommy
Educational Studies in Mathematics, v78 n3 p371-393 Dec 2011
This paper examines how a person's gesture space can become endowed with mathematical meaning associated with mathematical spaces and how the resulting mathematical gesture space can be used to communicate and interpret mathematical features of gestures. We use the theory of grounded blends to analyse a case study of two teachers who used gestures to construct a graphical anti-derivative while working on a professional development task in a calculus modelling activity. Results indicate that mathematical gesture spaces can encourage mathematical experimentation, lighten the cognitive load for students and can be limited by a person's physical constraints.
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Language: English
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