A study of the movement of attention: the case of a reconstructed calculation

Mason, John (2009). A study of the movement of attention: the case of a reconstructed calculation. In: Proceedings of MADIF 6, 29-30 Jan 2008, Sweden.

URL: http://www.mai.liu.se/SMDF/madif6/Mason.pdf

Abstract

My enquiries have convinced me that both what learners are attending to, and how they are attending to it play a central role in what learners are able to make sense of and eventually internalise. This uses experiences of a mathematical reconstruction task to illustrate the nature of attention. Examples are given of different ways in which people’s attention moves and shifts, sometimes voluntarily and sometimes involuntarily, in relation to variation theory, but also drawing on other theoretical discourses

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