Publication Date: April 8, 2013
Just like representations in everyday life, this book shows that they are ubiquitous to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics—the STEM disciplines. "Show Me What You Know” showcases research on representations across a range of STEM disciplines and ages—from children as young as 2 years of age to professional mathematicians. The text highlights the importance of paying close attention to learners’ interpretations and productions of different representations as a source of evidence for what learners understand, and another way for learners to “show us what they know.” The text is organized around four themes: appropriation of representations, making meaning, highlighting, and representations as scaffolds and supports.
Bárbara M. Brizuela is an associate professor in the Department of Education at Tufts University. She is the author of Mathematical Development in Young Children: Exploring Notations. Brian E. Gravel is a lecturer and director of elementary education at Tufts University.
"The book is empirically rich and not constrained to any one theoretical view....Here, we are provided not only with valuable source material for future theoretical development, but with profound encouragement for teachers and researchers to pay close attention to representations as they are generated and interpreted by students."
—From the Foreword by Gerald A. Goldin, Rutgers University