The Didactical Challenge of Symbolic Calculators: Turning a Computational Device into a Mathematical Instrument / Edition 1

The Didactical Challenge of Symbolic Calculators: Turning a Computational Device into a Mathematical Instrument / Edition 1

by Dominique Guin
     
 

While computational technologies are transforming the professional practice of mathematics, as yet they have had little impact on school mathematics. This pioneering text develops a theorized analysis of why this is and what can be done to address it. It examines the particular case of symbolic calculators (equipped with computer algebra systems) in secondary

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While computational technologies are transforming the professional practice of mathematics, as yet they have had little impact on school mathematics. This pioneering text develops a theorized analysis of why this is and what can be done to address it. It examines the particular case of symbolic calculators (equipped with computer algebra systems) in secondary education. Drawing on a substantial program of French innovation and research, as well as closely related studies from Australia and the Netherlands, it provides rich illustrations of the many aspects of technology integration, and of the ways in which these are shaped at different levels of the educational institution.

This pioneering text develops a theorized analysis of why this is and what can be done to address it. It examines the particular case of symbolic calculators (equipped with computer algebra systems) in secondary education.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780387231587
Publisher:
Springer US
Publication date:
12/28/2004
Series:
Mathematics Education Library Series, #36
Edition description:
2005
Pages:
308
Product dimensions:
9.21(w) x 6.14(h) x 0.81(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction1
1Calculators in mathematics education : a rapid evolution of tools, with differential effects9
2A CAS as an assistant to reasoned instrumentation41
3Transposing computer tools from the mathematical sciences into teaching67
4The influence of a computer algebra environment on teachers' practice83
5Using symbolic calculators to study mathematics113
6An instrumental approach to mathematics learning in symbolic calculators environments137
7Computer algebra as an instrument : examples of algebraic schemes163
8Instrumental genesis, individual and social aspects197
9The integration of symbolic calculators into secondary education : some lessons from didactical engineering231
Conclusion295

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