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Mathematical Epistemologies at Work

International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education Annual Meeting,


In this paper, I draw together a corpus of findings derived from two sources: studies of students using computers to learn mathematics, and research into the use of mathematics in professional practice. Using this as a basis, I map some elements of a theoretical framework for understanding the nature of mathematical knowledge in use, and how it is conceptualized by practitioners. I then draw some provisional implications for a set of design principles for activity systems aimed at fostering mathematical learning. I propose a central role for digital technologies, both in assisting understanding of the genetic construction of knowledge, and in developing learning environments that instantiate the design principles. (Author)


Noss, R. (2002). Mathematical Epistemologies at Work. Presented at International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education Annual Meeting 2002. Retrieved July 21, 2019 from .

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