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ERIC Number: EJ1157342
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1326-0286
Pirouettes and Protractors: Dancing through Mathematics
Hall, Jennifer; Jao, Limin
Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, v22 n3 p3-7 2017
In this article, the authors present two activities in which students explore angles and related geometric properties in the context of dance, namely ballet. The activities have been successfully implemented in pre-service numeracy classes at Monash University's two-year, post-degree teacher education program (MTeach). Specifically, the activities explored the fundamental notion of angles as a measurement of rotation, scaffolding students' learning through an illustration of benchmark angles (e.g., 180º). They highlight the connection between mathematics and dance, and allow students to collaboratively learn mathematics concepts kinaesthetically in a real-world context. As the activities are neither resource-laden nor require a dance expert, they are easy to implement, allowing for equity and access for all students, in line with recommendations from both the "Australian Curriculum: Mathematics" (ACARA, n.d.-d) and the "Melbourne Declaration on Educational Goals for Young Australians" (Ministerial Council on Education, Employment, Training and Youth Affairs, 2008).
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Elementary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia
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