Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Math as Metaphor

Tony at Pencils Down has an interesting autobiographical post about the importance on metaphor in mathematics education. Both how it is essential and how it can be a hindrance to learning. It reminds me of the opening section of How Students Learn by the National Research Council. There they use the story Fish is Fish to show how all learning is based on previous experience.

I am currently trying to write a short piece for ASCD about the "The Value of Mathematics". All this analogy, metaphor stuff fits in nicely with the point that I will be trying to make. If ASCD doesn't want it, I will post it here.

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