Reappraising learning technologies from the viewpoint of the learning of mathematics

Haapasalo, L. and Samuels, P. (2017) Reappraising learning technologies from the viewpoint of the learning of mathematics. Teaching Mathematics and Computer Science, 14 (2). pp. 221-246. ISSN 1589-7389

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Within the context of secondary and tertiary mathematics education, most so-called learning technologies, such as virtual learning environments, bear little relation to the kinds of technologies contemporary learners use in their free time. Thus they appear alien to them and unlikely to stimulate them toward informal learning. By considering learning technologies from the perspective of the learner, through the analysis of case studies and a literature review, this article asserts that the expectation of these media might have been over-romanticised. This leads to the recommendation of five attributes for mathematical learning technologies to be more relevant to contemporary learners’ needs: promoting heuristic activities derived from human history; facilitating the shift from instrumentation to instrumentalisation; facilitating learners’ construction of conceptual knowledge that promotes procedural knowledge; providing appropriate scaffolding and assessment; and reappraising the curriculum.

Item Type: Article
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1 March 2017Published
24 February 2017Accepted
Uncontrolled Keywords: conceptual knowledge, informal learning, instrumental genesis, learning technology, procedural knowledge
Subjects: CAH11 - computing > CAH11-01 - computing > CAH11-01-01 - computer science
CAH22 - education and teaching > CAH22-01 - education and teaching > CAH22-01-01 - education
Divisions: Faculty of Business, Law and Social Sciences > Birmingham City Business School
Depositing User: Peter Samuels
Date Deposited: 13 Jun 2018 08:40
Last Modified: 22 Mar 2023 11:49

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