Semiotic representations skills of prospective elementary teachers related to mathematical concepts

Uzun S. C., Arslan S.

World Conference on Educational Sciences, Nicosia, CYPRUS, 4 - 07 February 2009, vol.1, pp.741-745 identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • Volume: 1
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.sbspro.2009.01.130
  • City: Nicosia
  • Country: CYPRUS
  • Page Numbers: pp.741-745
  • Karadeniz Technical University Affiliated: Yes


The aim of the study is to introduce Duval's Theory of Registers of Semiotic Representations, and with the framework of this theory to analyze how students perceive and apply different usages of the representations for the same concept and transformations between these representations. The study was carried out with 28 students from Artvin Coruh University the Faculty of Education Classroom Teacher Education program in 2007-2008 educational year. For the study, activities about identities, equations and functions were prepared and applied. Students worked as groups of two. As soon as they completed the activity all groups were interviewed in unstructured way. Students particularly can be said to have advanced transformation skills in algebraic register of representation. However, the students were not observed as good at skills of passing from verbal and graphical representations to algebraic one, and from tables to verbal representation. (C) 2009 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved