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Forming conjectures within a spreadsheet environment

Hanley, Una and Calder, Nigel and Brown, Tony and Darby, Susan (2006) Forming conjectures within a spreadsheet environment. Mathematics education research journal, 18 (3). pp. 100-116. ISSN 1033-2170

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Abstract

This paper is concerned with the use of spreadsheets within mathematical investigational tasks. Considering the learning of both children and pre-service teaching students, it examines how mathematical phenomena can be seen as a function of the pedagogical media through which they are encountered. In particular, it shows how pedagogical apparatus influence patterns of social interaction, and how this interaction shapes the mathematical ideas that are engaged with. Notions of conjecture, along with the particular faculty of the spreadsheet setting, are considered with regard to the facilitation of mathematical thinking. Employing an interpretive perspective, a key focus is on how alternative pedagogical media and associated discursive networks influence the way that students form and test informal conjectures.

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