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ERIC Number: ED501123
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Jul
Pages: 8
Abstractor: Author
Aesthetic Values in Mathematics: A Value-Oriented Epistemology
Sinclair, Nathalie
International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education, Paper presented at the 27th International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education Conference Held Jointly with the 25th PME-NA Conference (Honolulu, HI, Jul 13-18, 2003), v4 p199-205
Much has been said on matter of aesthetics and mathematics--perhaps most commonly articulated in relation to properties such as "beauty" and "elegance," which are used to distinguish good from not-so-good mathematical products. Despite its importance in the work of mathematicians, it has been argued that aesthetics cannot be incorporated into school mathematics given students' difficulties with basic problem-solving skills (Dreyfus and Eisenberg, 1986; 1996). In contrast, this paper argues that it is both possible and desirable to incorporate aesthetic concerns into the mathematical activities of students. The argument is based on a re-articulation of both the nature and purposes of the aesthetic in school mathematics that extends beyond the objective, product-oriented interpretations more commonly discussed. [For complete proceedings, see ED500860.]
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Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: Grade 8
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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