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ERIC Number: EJ1059408
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0228-0671
Monsters, Lovers and Former Friends: Exploring Relationships with Mathematics via Personification
Zazkis, Dov
For the Learning of Mathematics, v35 n1 p33-38 2015
Personification is the attribution of human qualities to non-human entities. The method of eliciting personification, which requires participants to attribute human qualities to non-human entities, takes advantage of a naturally occurring means through which (some) people discuss the emotional relationship they have with those entities. Eliciting personification is discussed here as a method for examining pre-service teachers' relationships with mathematics. I propose conceptual blending as a framework for analyzing personification data and demonstrate the utility of this tool. Additionally, personification is discussed as a method for getting pre-service teachers to reflect on how their relationship with mathematics may affect students.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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