Symbolizing and Communicating in Mathematics Classrooms: Perspectives on Discourse, Tools, and Instructional Designby Paul Cobb
This volume grew out of a symposium on discourse, tools, and instructional design at Vanderbilt University in 1995 that brought together a small international group to grapple with issues of communicating, symbolizing, modeling, and mathematizing, particularly as these issues relate to learning in the classroom. The participants invited to develop chapters for this… See more details below
This volume grew out of a symposium on discourse, tools, and instructional design at Vanderbilt University in 1995 that brought together a small international group to grapple with issues of communicating, symbolizing, modeling, and mathematizing, particularly as these issues relate to learning in the classroom. The participants invited to develop chapters for this bookall internationally recognized scholars in their respective fieldswere selected to represent a wide range of theoretical perspectives including mathematics education, cognitive science, sociocultural theory, and discourse theory. The work is distinguished by the caliber of the contributors, the significance of the topics addressed in the current era of reform in mathematics education, and the diversity of perspectives taken to a common set of themes and issues.
The book is intended for those who are seeking to expand their understanding of the complexity of learning in order to enhance the learning experiences students have in schools, primarily researchers, instructional designers, and graduate students in mathematics education, as well as those in other fields including science education, instructional design in general, discourse theory, and semiotics.
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Contents: E. Yackel, P. Cobb, K. McClain, Preface. E. Yackel, Introduction: Perspectives on Semiotics and Instructional Design. Part I:Theoretical Considerations. P. Cobb, From Representations to Symoblizing: Introductory Comments on Semiotics and Mathematical Learning. A. Sfard, Symbolizing Mathematical Reality Into BeingOr How Mathematical Discourse and Mathematical Objects Create Each Other. W. Dörfler, Means for Meaning. B. van Oers, The Appropriation of Mathematical Symbols: A Psychosemiotic Approach to Mathematics Learning. R. Nemirovsky, S. Monk, "If You Look at It the Other Way...": An Exploration Into the Nature of Symbolizing. Part II:Instructional Design Issues Related to Symbolizing, Communicating, and Mathematizing. K. Gravemeijer, P. Cobb, J. Bowers, J. Whitenack, Symbolizing, Modeling, and Instructional Design. J. Bransford, L. Zech, D. Schwarts, B. Barron, N. Vye, The Cognition and Technology Group at Vanderbilt, Designs for Environments That Invite and Sustain Mathematical Thinking. R. Lehrer, L. Schauble, S. Carpenter, D. Penner, The Innerrelated Development of Inscriptions and Conceptual Understanding. R. Lesh, H.M. Doerr, Symbolizing, Communicating, and Mathematizing: Key Components of Models and Modeling. J. Bowers, Postscript: Integrating Themes on Discourse and Design.
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