Richard Noss

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We investigate how expert nurses undertake the calculation of drug dosages on the ward. This calculation is error-critical in nursing practice and maps onto the concepts of ratio and proportion. Using episodes of actual drug administration gleaned from ethnographic study, we provide evidence that experienced nurses use a range of correct proportional(More)
This Commentary is the first contribution from the Technology Enhanced Learning phase of the Teaching and Learning Research Programme (TLRP-TEL). This phase was launched in 2007, and currently comprises eight interdisciplinary projects with funding of around £12 million. We are grateful to two research councils for this support – the Economic and Social(More)
In this paper we reflect on the meaning and evolution of the microworld idea. We point out a crucial distinction between user manipulation and modification at three distinct but mutually dependent levels — the interface, superstructural and platform levels. We exploit a case study of two 8-year-old girls playing and rebuilding a simple video game, to argue(More)
Preface There are many reasons to write a chapter of a research handbook; among these are a recognition of recent developments, the need to summarise a field of research, and the importance of providing a ready source of bibliographic references. It is also a chance for the authors to give their particular view of a given area, ride their particularly(More)
This paper charts the design and application of a system to support 11–14 year old students’ learning of algebraic generalisation, presenting students with the means to develop their understanding of the meaning of generality, see its power for mathematics and develop algebraic ways of thinking. We focus squarely on design, while taking account of both(More)
This paper presents categories of pedagogic strategies for helping students during mathematical explorations in microworlds, that take into account the constructivist theory of learning. We illustate the strategies using examples from empirical data supported by other research in the field. As precursor to designing intelligent support for exploratory(More)
There has been widespread concern over the lack of preparedness of students making the transition from school to university mathematics and the changing profile of entrants to mathematical subjects in higher education has been well documented. In this paper, using documentary analysis and data from an informal case study, we argue the antecedents of this(More)
The new forms of interaction afforded by innovative technology and open-ended environments provide promising opportunities for exploratory learning. Exploratory environments, however, require appropriate support to lead to meaningful learning outcomes. This paper focuses on the design and validation of intelligent exploratory environments. The goal is(More)
This paper describes a narrative-oriented approach to the design and the analysis of a computational system and a set of activities for mathematical learning. Our central contention is that programming can offer a key to resolving the tension between the different representational structures of narrative and mathematical formalism. In the course of(More)