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ERIC Number: EJ838142
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Mar
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 16
ISSN: ISSN-1051-1970
Symmetry in Mathematics and Art: An Exploration of an Art Venue for Mathematics Learning
Stylianou, Despina A.; Grzegorczyk, Ivona
PRIMUS, v15 n1 p30-44 Mar 2005
Symmetry is an aspect of mathematics that is strongly linked to art and design. We chose to explore this connection in the context of a liberal arts mathematics course. Here we present a brief description of this course, including an outline of the curriculum and specific features of the course. We subsequently present the results of a study we conducted to examine students' understanding of symmetry in this context. The findings suggest that when working with repetitious geometric art designs students' approach to symmetry often goes beyond the one-to-one correspondence between specific pieces of art and symmetry concepts, to the development of a correspondence between types of art designs and abstract types of group symmetry concepts. Further, familiarity with symmetry concepts allows students to use abstraction as a tool in their artistic creations. Finally, students reported improved attitudes towards mathematics and its relevance to their lives in general--a bonus finding for a liberal arts course. (Contains 1 figure, 3 tables and 2 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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