ERIC Number: ED297977
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986
Reference Count: N/A
Carolyn Werbel's Journal: Voicing the Struggle To Make Meaning of Mathematics. Working Paper No. 160.
This publication focuses on the work of one bright but math avoidant student in a writing seminar in mathematics. The introductory portion of the document explains the philosophy, goals, and activities of the seminar. The course is intended to provide opportunities for students in the humanities to experience mathematics as a discipline at once creative, intuitive, and historical, with special attention to the alienation of women from mathematics. Topics considered might include Pascal's triangle, the Pythagorean theorem, the Fibonacci sequence, the golden ratio, the roles of zero and the square root of 2 in the number system, and geometries beyond Euclid's. Through informal writing in a personal journal the students: (1) record their insights on the mathematical activities done in class; (2) record their reactions to the course and to writings about mathematics; (3) ponder their views of mathematics as a field of knowledge and their recollections about being taught mathematics; and (4) develop their ideas for use in the writing of short essays. After this general discussion, excerpts from the student's journal are presented in the second half of the paper. (PK)
Descriptors: College Mathematics, Content Area Writing, Creative Writing, Higher Education, Mathematics Anxiety, Mathematics Education, Mathematics Instruction, Sex Differences, Student Attitudes, Writing (Composition)
Wellesley College Center for Research on Women, Wellesley, MA 02181 ($3.00).
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Sponsor: Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, New York, NY.; Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A