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The Micro- Evolution of Mathematical Knowledge : Thinking about Randomness

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I focus on individual student’s mathematical thinking -in-change over relatively short periods of time with a particular interest in the nature and evolution of knowledge. My perspective seeks to infer the relationship between technological design and thinking-in-change. I will present evidence on student’s thinking about randomness , and a case for describing the emerging knowledge in terms of heuristics that appear to be highly situated ,yet capable of sense-making and that project across situations . I will conclude that mathematical knowledge can be described as evolving through the broadening of a contextual neighbourhood, and that we can offer carefully designed settings that intentionally seek to shape that evolution.

This talk is part of the Faculty of Education Seminars series.

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