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Teachers’ Work with Resources: Documentational Geneses and Professional Geneses

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In this chapter we consider teachers’ ‘documentation work’: selecting resources, combining them, using them and revising, amongst others. We present a theoretical approach for the study of this work, conceptualising the articulation between documentation work and professional growth. This ‘documentational’ approach of didactics introduces a distinction between resources and documents: the teacher, drawing on resources, develops a document, in a process identified as ‘documentational genesis’. Studying ‘documentational geneses’ requires a specific methodology: the reflective investigation of teachers’ documentation work. We study data collected with this methodology, in particular in the case of a teacher introducing the notion of function. Teachers’ documentation work is central to their professional activity; accordingly teachers develop documentation systems, whose structure is strongly related to the structure of the professional activity. The documentation system conversely influences the professional activity, which evolves along ‘professional geneses’. Our study especially focuses on digital resources and on the repercussions of their use on teachers’ professional geneses.

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The authors warmly thank Jill Adler for her comments, and in particular for her revision of the English language in this chapter.

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1.1 Myriam, Additional Data

Activity type (and math. theme, if relevant)

Precise place


Other persons involved

Resources used

Materials produced

Archiving (what? where?)


Lesson about functions


10.00–10.55 (A.M.)

The class

(grade 9)

Method sheet

Online exercises (MatouMatheux)


Students sheet

about reading images

and antecedents

Ring binder grade 9



with the


Dining hall


The bursar


She informs me that my webcam has been delivered

Report of

the day’s



5.00–5.15 (P.M.)




  1. Source: Extract of a filled logbook (Myriam, January 4, 2010)

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Gueudet, G., Trouche, L. (2011). Teachers’ Work with Resources: Documentational Geneses and Professional Geneses. In: Gueudet, G., Pepin, B., Trouche, L. (eds) From Text to 'Lived' Resources. Mathematics Teacher Education, vol 7. Springer, Dordrecht.

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