Teachers’ Instrumentation of a Collaborative Dynamic Geometry Environment


  • Muteb M. Alqahtani Rutgers University-Newark
  • Arthur B. Powell




We draw on the theory of instrumental genesis (RABARDEL; BEGUIN, 2005) and the notion of co-action (HEGEDUS; MORENO-ARMELLA, 2010) to understand how teachers’ instrumentation of dynamic geometry environment (DGE) and how this instrumentation shapes their geometric knowledge. In small groups, six middle and high school mathematics teachers engaged in solving open-ended geometric problems in an online dynamic geometry environment for 15 weeks. Our analysis of their interactions indicates that the co-action between the teachers and the environment helped them appropriate the dragging feature of DGE, which shaped their understanding of geometrical relations, particularly dependencies. Designing tasks that support teachers’ effective appropriation of DGEs requires special attention to the co-active nature of DGEs. This study provides insights into aspects of learners’ collaborative interaction with certain technologies.


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Alqahtani, M. M., & Powell, A. B. (2018). Teachers’ Instrumentation of a Collaborative Dynamic Geometry Environment. Horizontes, 36(1), 172–183. https://doi.org/10.24933/horizontes.v36i1.649