Toward a Semiotic Framework for Using Technology in Mathematics Education: The Case of Learning 3D Geometry
Yeh, Andy J. & Nason, Rodney A. (2004) Toward a Semiotic Framework for Using Technology in Mathematics Education: The Case of Learning 3D Geometry. In International Conference on Computers in Education, November 30th to December 3rd. 2004, Melbourne, Australia.
This paper proposes and examines a semiotic framework to inform the use of technology in mathematics education. Semiotics asserts that all cognition is irreducibly triadic, of the nature of a sign, fallible, and thoroughly immersed in a continuing process of interpretation (Halton, 1992). Mathematical meaning-making or meaningful knowledge construction is a continuing process of interpretation within multiple semiotic resources including typological, topological, and social-actional resources. Based on this semiotic framework, an application named VRMath has been developed to facilitate the learning of 3D geometry. VRMath utilises innovative virtual reality (VR) technology and integrates many semiotic resources to form a virtual reality learning environment (VRLE) as well as a mathematical microworld (Edwards, 1995) for learning 3D geometry. The semiotic framework and VRMath are both now being evaluated and will be re-examined continuously.
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