Mathematics and Virtual Culture: an Evolutionary Perspective on Technology and Mathematics Education

  title={Mathematics and Virtual Culture: an Evolutionary Perspective on Technology and Mathematics Education},
  author={D. Shaffer and J. Kaput},
  journal={Educational Studies in Mathematics},
  • D. Shaffer, J. Kaput
  • Published 1998
  • Psychology
  • Educational Studies in Mathematics
  • This paper suggests that from a cognitive-evolutionary perspective, computational media are qualitatively different from many of the technologies that have promised educational change in the past and failed to deliver. Recent theories of human cognitive evolution suggest that human cognition has evolved through four distinct stages: episodic, mimetic, mythic, and theoretical. This progression was driven by three cognitive advances: the ability to ‘represent’ events, the development of symbolic… CONTINUE READING
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