Refining teacher design capacity: mathematics teachers' interactions with digital curriculum resources

B. Pepin, G. Gueudet, L. Trouche

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    The goal of this conceptual paper is to develop enhanced understandings of mathematics teacher design and design capacity when interacting with digital curriculum resources. We argue that digital resources in particular offer incentives and increasing opportunities for mathematics teachers’ design, both individually and in collectives. Indeed they require increased design expertise because of the changing nature of the resources. Drawing on the literature (1) we suggest ten questions providing a tool to study teacher design processes; and (2) we propose three components for exploring teacher design capacity. Building on two main theoretical areas (i.e. teaching as design; documentational approach to didactics) we propose to deepen understandings of the notions of “teacher design” and “teacher design capacity”. Drawing on two different collective environments and two individual teacher cases working within these environments, we investigate and illustrate teachers’ design processes and design capacity building across a range of contexts and curriculum formations, with the focus on how digital resources can help to develop teacher design capacity. We claim that the evolutions of digital resources in particular require an elaboration and refinement of the concept of teacher design capacity, which we develop and illustrate. Indeed, interacting with digital resources, it is claimed, might be a fruitful vehicle for developing teachers’ design capacity, in particular when working in collectives.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)799-812
    Number of pages14
    JournalZDM - Mathematics Education
    Issue number5
    Early online date9 Jun 2017
    Publication statusPublished - Oct 2017


    • Digital curriculum resources
    • e-Textbooks
    • Mathematics teachers
    • Teacher design
    • Teacher design capacity


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