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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.

Abstract

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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ID Code: 1380
Item Type: Conference Paper
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Keywords: Semiotics, VRMath, VRLE, Virtual Reality, Virtual Reality Learning Environment, VRLE, 3D Geometry, LOGO, Programming, Microworld, VRML, 3D Modeling, Mathematics Education, Educational Technology
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Educational Technology and Computing (130306)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > COMPUTER SOFTWARE (080300) > Computer Software not elsewhere classified (080399)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200) > Mathematics and Numeracy Curriculum and Pedagogy (130208)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2004 (please consult author)
Deposited On: 24 May 2005
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 23:04

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