• Michela MaschiettoEmail author


This paper presents the analysis of two teaching experiments carried out in the context of the mathematics laboratory in a primary school (grades 3 and 4) with the use of the pascaline Zero  +  1, an arithmetical machine. The teaching experiments are analysed by coordinating two theoretical frameworks, i.e. the instrumental approach and the Theory of Semiotic Mediation. The paper focuses on the analysis of the semiotic potential of the pascaline and students’ instrumental genesis, on the functions of schemes and gestures of usage.

Key words

arithmetic artefact instrumental genesis mathematics laboratory pascaline semiotic mediation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Education and HumanitiesUniversity of Modena e Reggio EmiliaReggio EmiliaItaly

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