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From artifact to instrument: mathematics teaching mediated by symbolic calculators

Abstract : The evolution of calculation tools available for the learning of mathematics has been quick and profound. After the first illusions on a naturally positive integration of these tools, new theoretical approaches have emerged. They take into account individual and social processes of the mathematical instrument construction from a given artifact. In this article we show how analyzing constraints of the tool allows the understanding of its influence on the knowledge construction. We propose the concept of instrumental orchestration to design different devices which may be built in class and thus strengthen the socialized part of the instrumental genesis: instrumental orchestration is defined by objectives, configuration and exploitation modes. It acts at the same time on the artifact, on the subject, on the relationship the subject has with the artifact and on the way the subject considers this relation.
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Luc Trouche. From artifact to instrument: mathematics teaching mediated by symbolic calculators. Interacting with Computers, Oxford University Press (OUP), 2003, 15 (6), pp.783-800. ⟨10.1016/j.intcom.2003.09.004⟩. ⟨hal-01540327⟩



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