The emergence of dynamic geometry environments challenges researchers in mathematics education to develop theories that capture learner's growth in geometric understanding in this particular environment. This study coordinated the Pirie-Kieren theory and instrumental genesis to examine learner's growth in geometric understanding when solving problems in a dynamic geometry environment. Data analysis suggested that coordinating the two theoretical approaches provided a productive means to capture the dynamic interaction between the growth in mathematical understanding and the formation/application of utilization scheme during a learner's mathematical exploration with dynamic geometry software. The analysis of one episode on inscribing a square in a triangle was shared to illustrate this approach. This study contributes to the continuing conversation of “networking theories” in the mathematics education research community. By networking the two theoretical approaches, this paper presents a model for studying learner's growth in mathematical understanding in a dynamic learning environment while accounting for interaction with digital tools.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Applied Psychology
- Applied Mathematics