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ERIC Number: EJ921155
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0228-0671
Ancestral Genres of Mathematical Graphs
Gerofsky, Susan
For the Learning of Mathematics, v31 n1 p14-19 2011
Drawing from sources in gesture studies, cognitive science, the anthropology of religion and art/architecture history, this article explores cultural, bodily and cosmological resonances carried (unintentionally) by mathematical graphs on Cartesian coordinates. Concepts of asymmetric bodily spaces, grids, orthogonality, mapping and sacred spaces are discussed. The article argues that learners relate graphs to their own bodies through gesture, and this relationship extends to cultural associations with actual, imagined and built spaces. It is suggested that a more culturally-engaged mathematics pedagogy would benefit learners by acknowledging ancestral resonances already present in mathematical graphs and allowing for deeper learner participation in mathematics.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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