, Volume 45, Issue 7, pp 1071–1079

From design-based research to re-sourcing ‘in the wild’: reflections on studies of the co-evolution of mathematics teaching resources and practices

Commentary Paper

DOI: 10.1007/s11858-013-0547-x

Cite this article as:
Ruthven, K. ZDM Mathematics Education (2013) 45: 1071. doi:10.1007/s11858-013-0547-x


This commentary paper looks across the studies of the design and use of mathematics teaching resources included in this issue. It analyses everyday and educational notions of resource; particularly how usage of that term varies across the papers. Key characteristics of each study are identified and the studies are organized into five broad groups representing different lines of investigation of resource design and use. Across the studies, the broad notion of appropriation is influential in conceptualizing user/tool relations, with the instrumental/documentational approach particularly prominent, although close inspection shows that researchers draw on this in different ways. A majority of the studies relate to professional development interventions in a context of large-scale reform efforts, offering insights into a range of approaches to providing practical support for teacher appropriation of resources. One study investigates the resource systems established by ordinary teachers: alongside other research, this highlights the challenges of a re-sourcing approach in which teachers collaborate to curate a localized resource system, and points to conditions which are conducive to the success of such efforts.


Mathematics education Professional development Research studies Teaching resources 

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© FIZ Karlsruhe 2013

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of CambridgeCambridgeUK

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