Chain of signification as a design heuristic and an instrument of analysis in design research

Arthur Bakker, K.P.E. Gravemeijer

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    Abstract

    In this paper we first focus on how the semiotic notion of a ‘chain of signification’ functioned for the design of the software and instructional activities for statistics education to students aged 10-14. A chain of signification describes how the meaning of one sign in a particular problem solving situation can ‘slide under’ the next, more sophisticated, sign, and so on. Then, as part of a retrospective analysis, we analyse the students’ learning process with the same notion. The line of reasoning is that this dual character as a design heuristic and instrument of analysis makes the chain of signification useful for design research. Finally, it is argued that the linear nature of a chain of signification can and should be extended to allow non-linear processes of signification, such as comparing and connecting graphs.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publication10th European Conference for research on learning and instruction,(EARLI) August 26-30, 2003, Padova, Italy
    EditorsL. Mason, S. Andreuzza, B. Arfe, L. Favero, Del
    Place of PublicationPadova
    PublisherCooperativa Libraria Editrice Universita
    Pages498-
    ISBN (Print)887178975X
    Publication statusPublished - 2003
    Event10th Biennial EARLI Conference for Research on Learning and Instruction (EARLI 2003) - Padova, Italy
    Duration: 26 Aug 200330 Aug 2003
    Conference number: 10

    Conference

    Conference10th Biennial EARLI Conference for Research on Learning and Instruction (EARLI 2003)
    Abbreviated titleEARLI 2003
    CountryItaly
    CityPadova
    Period26/08/0330/08/03

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