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Transforming the mathematical practices of learners and teachers through digital technology

Hoyles, C; (2018) Transforming the mathematical practices of learners and teachers through digital technology. Research in Mathematics Education , 20 (3) pp. 209-228. 10.1080/14794802.2018.1484799. Green open access

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Abstract

This paper argues that mathematical knowledge, and its related pedagogy, is inextricably linked to the tools in which the knowledge is expressed. The focus is on digital tools and the different roles they play in shaping mathematical meanings and in transforming the mathematical practices of learners and teachers. Six categories of digital tool-use that distinguish their differing potential are presented: i. dynamic and graphical tools, ii. tools that outsource processing power, iii. tools that offer new representational infrastructures for mathematics, iv. tools that help to bridge the gap between school mathematics and the students’ world; v. tools that exploit high-bandwidth connectivity to support mathematics learning; and vi. tools that offer intelligent support for the teacher when their students engage in exploratory learning with digital technologies Following exemplification of each category, the paper ends with some reflections on the progress of research in this area and identifies some remaining challenges.

Type: Article
Title: Transforming the mathematical practices of learners and teachers through digital technology
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/14794802.2018.1484799
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1080/14794802.2018.1484799
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: digital technology; transforming mathematical practices
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Culture, Communication and Media
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10050688
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