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Beyond the representation given - The parabola and historical metamorphoses of meaning
Linköping University, Faculty of Educational Sciences. Linköping University, Department of Mathematics, Applied Mathematics.
2004 (English)In: PME - Interbational Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education,2004, Bergen: Bergen Univeristy College , 2004, 1-264-1-264 p.Conference paper (Other academic)
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  Tracking the history of a mathematical object reveals a double influence on its development - from inside and outside the pure mathematical realm. From a semiotic point of view, a chain of metamorphoses of meanings is created, which becomes critical as the mathematical object by the social process of didactic transposition is turned into a presented object of teaching and learning. As an example, by representing the mathematical object -parabola- by means of its historical progression within classical geometry, analytic geometry, and dynamic geometry software, it is seen, by using analytic tools from semiotics, anthropo¬logical theory of didactics, and embodied cognition, how and why students- concept images and problem solving techniques may become disconnected and instrumental.

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Bergen: Bergen Univeristy College , 2004. 1-264-1-264 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-36752Local ID: 32349OAI: diva2:257601
Available from: 2009-10-10 Created: 2009-10-10

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