Artifact-Centric Activity Theory—A Framework for the Analysis of the Design and Use of Virtual Manipulatives

  • Silke LadelEmail author
  • Ulrich Kortenkamp
Part of the Mathematics Education in the Digital Era book series (MEDE, volume 7)


It is a challenge to analyze the design and the use of Virtual Manipulatives due to their high complexity. As it is possible to create entirely new virtual worlds that can host objects that behave differently than any real objects, allowing for new and unprecedented actions in learning processes, we are in need of tools that enable us to focus on those aspects that are important for our analyses. In this chapter we show how ACAT, Artifact-Centric Activity Theory , can be used to analyze the design and use of a virtual manipulative place value chart.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Mathematics DepartmentUniversity of SaarlandSaarbrückenGermany
  2. 2.Institute of MathematicsUniversity of PotsdamPotsdam OT GolmGermany

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