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Semiotics and the development of number sense

What is a number, really? Or to put it another way: think of the lights on a traffic light, the segments of the circle in the Mercedes-Benz logo, the beats in one measure of a waltz rhythm, the way Julius

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One-page dissertation proposal abstract

Background: Versions of my diss proposal: problem statement, IRB application, 3 school district requests to collect data, abstract for school district + — Daniel Ginsberg (@NemaVeze) June 26, 2013 Prepare an abstract of the proposed study that describes the study

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Thing-a-day #15: bits and pieces

A professor said to me recently that you shouldn’t think of your unproductive stretches as wasted time. Sometimes it’s like, I had to get through 25 hours of writer’s block, so having sat at my computer from 9 to 2

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Thing-a-day #13 & #14: Analysis and powerpoint

Working on the math student interviews again, because this is the last week of classes and I was assigned to give a final presentation tomorrow. Our actual finals aren’t due for another couple of weeks, so the way this works

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Thing-a-day #10: Constructed dialogue coding

Yesterday I transcribed my interview with a non-math major. As I was working on it, it struck me that she played a lot of different roles in the course of explaining what it’s like for her to study math. She

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Thing-a-day #5: A little transcribing

This is from an interview I conducted with undergraduate math majors. We were talking about the idea of a “math genius” and what that means. anyone who’s proficient at [math] is sort of seen as like proficient, it it sort

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