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    On the concept of (homo)morphism : a key notion in the learning of abstract algebra

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    This article is dedicated to the investigation of difficulties involved in the understanding of the homomorphism concept. It doesn't restrict to group-theory but on the contrary raises the issue of developing teaching strategies aiming at gaining access to structuralist thinking. Emphasis is put on epistemological analysis and its interaction with didactics in an attempt to make Abstract Algebra more accessible

    Learning or imitation?

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    A 'seamless enactment' of citizenship education

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    Educational undertakings are subject to disjunctures at three separate stages: in the creation of curricular programmes, in the implementation of these curricula in practice and in their effects on students. These disjunctures are the result of complex `leaps' between ends and means, and between ideal and real. This article proposes a response in the form of `seamless enactment', applied here to citizenship education. Seamless enactment involves, first, the harmonisation of the principles underlying the different stages in the passage of the curriculum, avoiding problematic tensions between, for example, democratic aims and undemocratic teaching practices. Second, it requires the involvement of teachers and students in the design and development of the educational initiative, as well as in its implementation. Taken to its fullest extent, seamless enactment involves a unification of the separate stages, leading to the collapsing of the curricular transposition framework onto a single point. Finally, some possible justifications for and potential objections to the notion are considered

    Translation and Translanguaging Pedagogies in Intercomprehension and Multilingual Teaching

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    Since 2007, California State University, Long Beach has developed and offered courses that highlight students’ pre-existing linguistic repertoires in English and in the Romance languages. These courses are unique in that they build upon a multilingual base for the acquisition of new languages through the method of intercomprehension. As an approach that moves among languages, Intercomprehension places learners in conditions that are conducive to translanguaging and translation. This paper discusses the role of translation and translanguaging in Intercomprehension as a pedagogical approach in these courses. Since our students are constantly moving between English and one or more Romance language(s), they actively bring the other Romance languages they are learning into the translingual repertoire they already practice through the multilingual learning strategies deployed in intercomprehension. Depuis 2007, California State University, Long Beach développe et offre des cours qui mettent en avant le répertoire linguistique préexistant des étudiants en anglais et en langues romanes. Ces cours sont uniques, car ils s’appuient sur un répertoire multilingue pour permettre l’acquisition de nouvelles langues à travers la méthode d’intercompréhension. L’intercompréhension, approche transcendant les barrières entre les langues, offre aux apprenants un contexte propice au translanguaging et à la traduction. Cet article discute du rôle de la traduction et du translanguaging dans l’intercompréhension. Étant donné que nos étudiants naviguent constamment entre l’anglais et une (ou, des) langue(s) romanes(s), ils font ainsi entrer de manière active les tierces langues romanes en cours d’apprentissage dans le répertoire translangagier qu’ils utilisent déjà par le biais des stratégies intercompréhensives
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