Sewing a skirt: a design for an interdisciplinary activity in mathematics and arts & crafts

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In this paper, we describe and analyze the design of a teaching and learning activity between mathematics and arts & crafts, centered around the making of a skirt. A group of 8thgrade girls is encouraged to make a skirt that they would actually want to wear and hence become engaged in a process of expressing themselves, making choices of taste, but also taking measures of their own bodies, feelingthe fabric and observing drafts in the mirror before refinement. In this process, they activate mathematics when needed, performing several shifts between different representational registers. In particular, we focus our analysis on their shifts between representations in two and three dimensions.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMACAS in the digital era : proceedings of the 2019 MACAS symposium, Montreal, Quebec
EditorsAnnie Savard, Rebecca Pearce
Number of pages13
Place of publicationQuebec
PublisherMcGill Faculty of Education
Publication year2020
ISBN (print)978-1-77247-022-2
Publication statusPublished - 2020
EventMACAS 2019: Mathematics and its Connections to the Arts and Sciences - McGill University, Montreal, Canada
Duration: 18 Jun 201921 Jun 2019


ConferenceMACAS 2019
LocationMcGill University,

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