Sewing a skirt: A design for an interdisciplinary material activity in mathematics, arts & crafts

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When school students reach a certain age, say when they become teenagers and reach middle school, the mathematics teaching they encounter has often become rather non-material. At the same time, it is well-known that students may experience mathematics as more relevant, if it takes it departure point in their own reality (Skovsmose, 1990, 2011). From a perspective on the relations between mathematic and embodiment (Lakoff & Nuñez 1997, 2000) we describe and analyze the design of a teaching and learning activity between the mathematics and arts and crafts in the a case of making a skirt. The empirical data is based on observations of session with 9th grade female students. During the lessons they work with the mathematics of transformations between 2d and 3d models. This is learned through working with paper, fabrics and mathematical models as the students’ are asked to take and use concrete bodily measures of themselves or others to construct a design and pattern for a skirt, that they or others would actually want to use.
Udgivelsesårjun. 2019
StatusUdgivet - jun. 2019
BegivenhedMACAS 2019: Mathematics and its Connections to the Arts and Sciences - McGill University, Montreal, Canada
Varighed: 18 jun. 201921 jun. 2019


KonferenceMACAS 2019
LokationMcGill University,

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