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Spatial Metaphors of the Number Line

Edmonds-Wathen, Cris (2012). Spatial Metaphors of the Number Line. In: Dindyal, Jaguthsing, Cheng, Lue Pien and Ng, Swee Fong 35th Annual Conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia, Singapore, 2-6 July 2012.

Document type: Conference Paper

IRMA ID CDUzdowdingxPUB26
Author Edmonds-Wathen, Cris
Title Spatial Metaphors of the Number Line
Conference Name 35th Annual Conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia
Conference Location Singapore
Conference Dates 2-6 July 2012
Conference Publication Title Mathematics education: Expanding horizons (Proceedings of the 35th Annual Conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia)
Editor Dindyal, Jaguthsing
Cheng, Lue Pien
Ng, Swee Fong
Place of Publication Australia
Publisher MERGA
Publication Year 2012
ISBN 978 -981 -07-2527 -3   (check CDU catalogue  open catalogue search in new window)
Start Page 250
End Page 257
Total Pages 8
HERDC Category E1 - Conference Publication (DIISR)
Abstract This paper examines spatial metaphors in the English language associated with the number line, in particular metaphors of direction and motion, and how these are manifested in actual spatial practices associated with number. It considers how these metaphors are culturally influenced, and how the influences of other cultures, such as Arabic, produce inconsistencies that can contribute to confusion in the classroom. It also considers how the metaphors of number vary in some other languages, and how this leads to both different spatial representations of numbers and more challenges in multilingual and multicultural classrooms. In particular, it pays attention to the implications of variety in these metaphors for the mathematics education of Indigenous students in Australia being taught by English speaking teachers
Description for Link Link to conference proceedings
URL http://www.merga.net.au/node/38?year=2012
 
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