Mathematics & Literature Essay by The Research Group

Mathematics & Literature
Use of poetry & stories to foster children's reasoning & performance in math.
# 11390 | 1,350 words | 6 sources | 1996 | US
Published on May 18, 2003 in Education (Curriculum) , Education (Teaching Methods) , Mathematics (General)


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"Can literature be used to foster mathematical reasoning and performance? The answer, according to Curcio, Zarnowski and Vigliarolo (1995) is "yes." Indeed, the authors feel that poetry dealing with numbers is a particularly good literary mode for sparking mathematical interest and facilitating comprehension.

An example of how poetry dealing with numbers can facilitate math learning is provided by Curcio et. al (1995) in their description and discussion of children's responses to a poem entitled, "Overdues." In the book, a character owes the library a fine for a book he has not returned in 42 years. Based on their discussion of the poem, children became interested in determining just how much money was owed to the library.
With respect to learning, in their attempts to compute the..."

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