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Title: Math and Metaphor: Using Poetry to Teach College Mathematics PDF
Url: http://wac.colostate.edu/journal/vol20/bahls.pdf
Creator: Bahls, Patrick, 1975-
Publisher: WAC Journal
Description: For young people, mathematics can be terribly frightening, boring, or confusing. It can be hard to break through to individuals who may have had a difficult first experience with the subject. That's why Professor Patrick Bahls of the University of North Carolina, Asheville decided to try something a bit different. In the fall of 2007, he began to have math students write short poems offering some insight into their experiences with mathematics. The results were quite intriguing, and his article on what he learned is well worth a read. In this 15-page article, he shares experiences from the classroom, several of his students' poems, and information on how metaphors can be used to assist with the process. For those people actively involved with teaching math, this article is quite a find. The work is rounded out by the survey questions that he used with students to have them reflect on the process of writing poetry.
LC Classification: Education -- Theory and practice of education -- Higher education -- Curriculum -- The role of special subjects -- Mathematics
Language and literature -- Literature (General) -- Literature (General) -- Poetry -- Study and teaching
Language and literature -- Philology. Linguistics -- Language. Linguistic theory. Comparative grammar -- Vocabulary. Terminology (General) -- Special aspects, A-Z -- Interdisciplinary approach
Science -- Mathematics -- Study and teaching. Research
GEM Subject: Mathematics -- Instructional issues
Language Arts -- Literature
Date Issued: 2009-11
Resource Type: Instructional Materials
Mathematics Materials
Reading Materials
Format: pdf
Audience: College/University Instructors
Higher Education
Secondary Education
University First Cycle
University Second Cycle
Language: English
Access Rights: Free access
Date Of Record Release: 2012-09-07 11:56:46 (W3C-DTF)
Date Last Modified: 2012-09-07 11:18:10 (W3C-DTF)
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