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ERIC Number: ED166690
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Pages: 13
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Mathematical Architecture and the Teaching of Writing.
Fortune, Ron
The knowledge and mental processes called on in mathematics can be used to improve composition. Three desirable requirements of an analogy to be used in teaching writing are that it should bridge the art of writing and science, should be readily accessible to the mind of the average student, and should allow the student to employ an architectural faculty to learn about an architectonic skill such as rhetoric. Mathematics offers paradigms that satisfy these requirements. Two categories of analogs can be used: strategic and pictorial. Strategic mathematical paradigms that are applicable to writing instruction include formulas, specific mathematical operations, elementary set theory, and theorem proofs. Pictorial paradigms that can be used for composition instruction include graphs and geometrical designs. The use of mathematical analogies helps students become more aware of writing forms. (TJ)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Conference on College Composition and Communication (29th, Denver, Colorado, March 30-April 1, 1978)