Semiotics from a Social Constructivist Perspective

Stephan M., AKYÜZ D.

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF SCIENCE AND MATHEMATICS EDUCATION, vol.20, no.7, pp.1499-1519, 2022 (SSCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 20 Issue: 7
  • Publication Date: 2022
  • Doi Number: 10.1007/s10763-021-10212-y
  • Journal Indexes: Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Scopus, IBZ Online, EBSCO Education Source, Education Abstracts, Educational research abstracts (ERA), ERIC (Education Resources Information Center)
  • Page Numbers: pp.1499-1519
  • Keywords: Emergent modeling, Realistic mathematics education, Semiotics, Social constructivism, GESTURES
  • Middle East Technical University Affiliated: Yes


Semiotics is the study of symbols and the creation of their meaning through social interactions. In this paper, we explore more deeply the socially situated nature of semiotics by extending current semiotics theories and frameworks from the perspective of emergent modeling. The first expansion is to replace the interpretant (meaning associated with symbols) with a construct that comes from social constructivism, namely taken-as-shared mathematical ideas. The second involves integrating purpose into semiotic frameworks. Finally, we broaden the time span that is typical for semiotic analyses to account for 5 weeks of collective activity and describe an argumentation analytic technique for doing so. We do all of this from the point of view of instructional designers who use realistic mathematics education and consider emergent modeling as a lynchpin of instruction.