In this paper, we pursue a materialist approach to tool use to account for the material dimensions of learning mathematics with technology while decentralizing the human body from activity. We root this vision in theoretical advances on embodied mathematics learning and tool use that have been recently offered as alternatives to traditional theories of learning that draw attention only to the individual learner or the mind. Focus is on the ways that learners, tools and mathematics are entangled in provisional reconfigurations of the world and on how the tool partakes in this movement. Starting from our theoretical commitment, we discuss some episodes from a research study in which grade 9 students were introduced to function through a graphical approach. The study took advantage of graphing motion technology, which allows working with couples of position over time graphs, capturing spatio-temporal relationships. The episodes provide insight into the complex nature of learning in this context, valuing the mobile way that mathematics emerges from activity with the tool.

Reanimating tools in mathematical activity

Francesca Ferrara
;
Giulia Ferrari
2020-01-01

Abstract

In this paper, we pursue a materialist approach to tool use to account for the material dimensions of learning mathematics with technology while decentralizing the human body from activity. We root this vision in theoretical advances on embodied mathematics learning and tool use that have been recently offered as alternatives to traditional theories of learning that draw attention only to the individual learner or the mind. Focus is on the ways that learners, tools and mathematics are entangled in provisional reconfigurations of the world and on how the tool partakes in this movement. Starting from our theoretical commitment, we discuss some episodes from a research study in which grade 9 students were introduced to function through a graphical approach. The study took advantage of graphing motion technology, which allows working with couples of position over time graphs, capturing spatio-temporal relationships. The episodes provide insight into the complex nature of learning in this context, valuing the mobile way that mathematics emerges from activity with the tool.
2020
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https://doi.org/10.1080/0020739X.2019.1648889
animation; entanglement; function; graphs; movement; tool
Francesca Ferrara; Giulia Ferrari
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