Title

Conceptual Integration, Gesture and Mathematics

SMC Author

Laurie Edwards

SMC Affiliated Work

1

Status

Faculty

School

Kalmanovitz School of Education

Department

Education

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2008

Publication Title

Proceedings of the Joint Meeting of PME 32 and PME-NA XXX

Editor

Olimpia Figueras, José Luis Cortina, Silvia Alatorre, Teresa Rojano, Armando Sepúlveda

Publisher/Venue

International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education

Description/Abstract

The research reported here focuses on an examination of the conceptual underpinnings of two areas of mathematical thought, fractions and proof. The analysis makes use of the theoretical framework of conceptual integration, and draws on spontaneous gesture as an important data source. The question of how gestures evoke meaning is addressed within the context of two studies, one involving prospective elementary school teachers discussing fractions, and the other involving doctoral students in mathematics talking about and carrying out proofs. In both situations, gestures and their accompanying language are analyzed in terms of conceptual mappings from more basic conceptual spaces.

Scholarly

yes

Volume

2

First Page

423

Last Page

430

Disciplines

Education

Original Citation

Edwards, L. (2008). Conceptual integration, gesture and mathematics. Proceedings of the Joint Meeting of PME 32 and PME-NA XXX, 2, 423-430.

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