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The Didactical Challenge of Symbolic Calculators

Turning a Computational Device into a Mathematical Instrument

  • Dominique Guin
  • Kenneth Ruthven
  • Luc Trouche

Part of the Mathematics Education Library book series (MELI, volume 36)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Dominique Guin, Kenneth Ruthven, Luc Trouche
    Pages 1-8
  3. Philippe Elbaz-Vincent
    Pages 41-65
  4. Margaret Kendal, Kaye Stacey, Robyn Pierce
    Pages 83-112
  5. Jean-Baptiste Lagrange
    Pages 113-135
  6. Paul Drijvers, Koeno Gravemeijer
    Pages 163-196
  7. Dominique Guin, Kenneth Ruthven, Luc Trouche
    Pages 295-304
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 305-308

About this book


While computational technologies are transforming the professional practice of mathematics, as yet they have had little impact on school mathematics. This pioneering text develops a theorized analysis of why this is and what can be done to address it. It examines the particular case of symbolic calculators (equipped with computer algebra systems) in secondary education. Drawing on a substantial program of French innovation and research, as well as closely related studies from Australia and the Netherlands, it provides rich illustrations of the many aspects of technology integration, and of the ways in which these are shaped at different levels of the educational institution.

This text offers the first English-language exposition of how an innovative synthesis of the theories of instrumentation and didactics can be used to illuminate the complexities of technology integration. It offers important guidance for policy and practice through its analysis of the central role of the teacher and its identification of key principles for effective didactical design and management. These distinctive features make this book essential reading for researchers, teacher educators, and graduate students in mathematics education and technology in education, as well as for teachers of mathematics at upper-secondary and university levels.

This is a revised, English-language edition of D. Guin & L. Trouche (Eds.) (2002) Calculatrices symboliques. Transformer un outil en un instrument de travail mathématique: un problème didactique (Editions La Pensée Sauvage, Grenoble).


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Editors and affiliations

  • Dominique Guin
    • 1
  • Kenneth Ruthven
    • 2
  • Luc Trouche
    • 1
  1. 1.Université Montpellier IIFrance
  2. 2.University of CambridgeUK

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title The Didactical Challenge of Symbolic Calculators
  • Book Subtitle Turning a Computational Device into a Mathematical Instrument
  • Editors Dominique Guin
    Kenneth Ruthven
    Luc Trouche
  • Series Title Mathematics Education Library
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media, Inc. 2005
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law Education (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-387-23158-7
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-4419-3582-3
  • eBook ISBN 978-0-387-23435-9
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages VII, 308
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Additional Information Original French edition published by Pensee sauvage, 2002
  • Topics Mathematics Education
    Educational Technology
    Learning & Instruction
    Curriculum Studies
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