Functions of interactive visual representations in interactive mathematical textbooks

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    The paper explores changes in technology that have implications for the teaching and learning of school mathematics. To this end, it examines aspects of interactive mathematical textbooks; specifically it analyzes functions authors may intend to be carried out by embedded interactive diagrams. The paper analyzes theoretical as well as practical lessons that I learned while designing such a book. It is the purpose of this article to provide a rough, preliminary collection of categories of diagram function that would allow an orderly discussion of the subject. While this is not an empirical study, the hypotheses about student practices with interactive diagrams are based on a long series of studies related to the learning of algebra in a technologically-rich environment.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)217-249
    Number of pages33
    JournalInternational Journal of Computers for Mathematical Learning
    Issue number3
    StatePublished - Dec 2005


    • Algebra
    • Interactive diagrams
    • Semiotic functions
    • Text design
    • Visual design

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Theoretical Computer Science
    • General Engineering
    • Computer Science Applications
    • Computational Theory and Mathematics


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