Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
  2. Norma Presmeg, Luis Radford, Wolff-Michael Roth, Gert Kadunz
    Pages 1-4 Open Access
  3. Norma Presmeg, Luis Radford, Wolff-Michael Roth, Gert Kadunz
    Pages 5-29 Open Access
  4. Norma Presmeg, Luis Radford, Wolff-Michael Roth, Gert Kadunz
    Pages 31-31 Open Access
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 33-40

About this book


This volume discusses semiotics in mathematics education as an activity with a formal sign system, in which each sign represents something else. Theories presented by Saussure, Peirce, Vygotsky and other writers on semiotics are summarized in their relevance to the teaching and learning of mathematics. The significance of signs for mathematics education lies in their ubiquitous use in every branch of mathematics. Such use involves seeing the general in the particular, a process that is not always clear to learners. Therefore, in several traditional frameworks, semiotics has the potential to serve as a powerful conceptual lens in investigating diverse topics in mathematics education research. Topics that are implicated include (but are not limited to): the birth of signs; embodiment, gestures and artifacts; segmentation and communicative fields; cultural mediation; social semiotics; linguistic theories; chains of signification; semiotic bundles; relationships among various sign systems; intersubjectivity; diagrammatic and inferential reasoning; and semiotics as the focus of innovative learning and teaching materials.


Semiosis Signs Chains of Signification Semiotic Bundles Cultural Mediation Communicative Fields Embodiment and Gestures Social Semiotics Diagrammatic Reasoning Language

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Prof. Emerita, Illinois State UniversityNormalUSA
  2. 2.École des Sciences de l’EducationUniversité LaurentienneSudburyCanada
  3. 3.Lansdowne Professor of Applied CognitiveUniversity of VictoriaVICTORIACanada
  4. 4.Department of MathematicsAlpen-Adria Universitaet KlagenfurtKlagenfurtAustria

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Semiotics in Mathematics Education
  • Authors Norma Presmeg
    Luis Radford
    Wolff-Michael Roth
    Gert Kadunz
  • Series Title ICME-13 Topical Surveys
  • Series Abbreviated Title ICME-13 Topical Surveys
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2016
  • License CC BY-NC
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-31369-6
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-31370-2
  • Series ISSN 2366-5947
  • Series E-ISSN 2366-5955
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages VII, 40
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 4 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Mathematics Education
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