Modelling within mathematical online knowledge-building communities

English, Lyn D., Nason, Rodney A., & Duncan-Howell, Jennifer (2007) Modelling within mathematical online knowledge-building communities. In Hamilton, Eric (Ed.) 2nd International Distributed Learning and Collaboration Symposium, June 11-14, 2007, Singapore.


In this paper we present an alternative perspective on interactive and digital media learning environments (IDM) involving mathematical modeling. We argue that we need to move beyond using "add-on" and "up-grading" strategies to enrich learning, towards a focus on the generation of conceptual artifacts and the building of knowledge. To facilitate knowledge building, we advocate extending students beyond basic discourse to include a range of thinking and reasoning processes that can assist them in constructing, analyzing, refining, and conveying mathematical ideas. We also identify a number of knowledge-building enabling characteristics of an IDM-based learning environment and propose two sets of interrelated principles to inform the design of IDM environments and the accompanying ends-in-view activities. We illustrate our ideas with examples of online communities for mathematics education.

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ID Code: 10876
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: mathematical modeling, on, line communities, knowledge building
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Educational Technology and Computing (130306)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2007 (The authors)
Deposited On: 28 Nov 2007 00:00
Last Modified: 03 Mar 2011 05:43

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