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ERIC Number: EJ942408
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Sep
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1072-0839
Turning Students into Symmetry Detectives
Wilders, Richard; VanOyen, Lawrence
Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, v17 n2 p103-107 Sep 2011
Exploring mathematical symmetry is one way of increasing students' understanding of art. By asking students to search designs and become pattern detectives, teachers can potentially increase their appreciation of art while reinforcing their perception of the use of math in their day-to-day lives. This article shows teachers how they can interest their students in works of art that use symmetry by developing a greater understanding of the techniques used to create the art. Although the mathematical process discussed is not relevant to all styles of art, where applicable, an understanding of symmetry can increase an observer's understanding and possibly enhance their appreciation of the work. (Contains 8 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Middle Schools
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A