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Cultural tools as didactical tool in planning for a learning activity
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Education.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0764-5728
2015 (English)Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

In this paper I want to address issues related the possibility to use culturally developed tools as a mean to design potential learning tasks in evolving learning activities that can enhance vocational specific ways of mathematical knowing.

The concept of learning activity is often discussed in relation to the mathematical programme developed by Davydov and his colleagues (Davydov, 2008). Within a curricular program, such as that of Davydov, discussions concerning learning activity are likely to appear rather as a general educational model than as a subject specific intermediate theory to be used to by teachers to design different teaching situations referring to relevant vocational practices. In Sweden national curriculum (on all levels) is formed in a way that requires teachers to design their teaching so that students can develop different subject/vocational specific competences. Learning activity, with its focus on students’ agency and theoretical development seems to be a powerful didactical tool but there is little to support teachers in how to analyse and develop curriculum content and from that analysis design learning tasks (around which a learning activity can develop). Anna Stetsenko an d Igor Arievitch, with references to Vygotsky and Gal’perin, open up for such a pathway in their discussion on how analysis of specific cultural tools in terms of their cultural and historical development and practical use can function as a starting point in the design of such learning tasks.

What are the possibilities to design content rich learning tasks based on analysis of which mathematical tools are used in different vocational practices? What similarities and differences can be found in how mathematical tools are used in those vocational practices? What specific ways of knowing are embedded in the mastery of those tools?

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Cultural tools, learning activity, activity theory
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-114299OAI: diva2:790976
Second National & International Workshop "The professional pedagogy and its influence on the socioeconomic development", Pinar del Río, Cuba, February 3-5, 2015
Available from: 2015-02-26 Created: 2015-02-26 Last updated: 2015-06-08

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