Commenting on Multiple Represenations Blog

http://www.ioste2008.org/112/a-new-challenge-for-teachers-encouraging-girls-in-science-math-and-it-related-studies-and-careers/comment-page-1#comment-78

Unfortunately, I left a comment at this site but it was not retained.  (Not sure of the reason).  Anyway, I was really stretching things here and suggesting that in the same way it makes sense to use multiple representations with lines, graphs, and equations … it makes sense to use multiple representations in other areas.  And for the same reason.  People learn differently and sometimes in synergistic ways – that is, they can put the multiple parts together in a way that is greater than the sum of the parts.  With regard to this blog, I was suggesting that we need to show how math can be used in jobs, careers, and real-life applications so that both males and females “get it”.  Right now women are very under-represented in the computer science job space.  Perhaps if, as teachers, we showed how math can be used and applied in very broad areas that might interest both genders evenly.  For example, I know that I fall into the rut of using sport analogies are always using cards when discussing probability.  If I used more examples that appealed to a broader audience, maybe that would be a small step towards having both boy and girl students interested in math and computer science careers.

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