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ERIC Number: EJ1016571
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-May
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1072-0839
Conceptualizing Mathematics Using Narratives and Art
Kurz , Terri L.; Bartholomew, Barbara
Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, v18 n9 p552-559 May 2013
Narratives are a wonderful way to allow students to personalize mathematics. In the context of this article, the authors define narratives as short stories, written by students, that contain a mathematical work problem centered on students' lives and interests. These narratives can be supported with art, such as drawings or photographs. When students conceptualize mathematics through these narratives, they are able to connect the relevance of mathematics to their everyday lives. This article describes a framework using student-authored narratives to help students build stronger connections to the application of mathematics. This framework allows middle school students to use their creativity while applying and reinforcing mathematical material. The lesson is appropriate for all levels of middle school learners, including students with special needs and English language learners. Students will create narratives at their own ability levels, making the lesson appropriate for learners with a variety of needs (Hitchcock et al. 2002).
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Middle Schools
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Language: English
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