Some blog followers might be interested in a post of above title. The abstract reads:
ABSTRACT: Jatila van der Veen of the PhysLrnR list wrote (paraphrasing): "Math is taught as a separate, abstract set of rules and relationships, and students are not shown the connections between math and the physical world! This is the age old problem in physics education. After being a 'traditional' physics teacher for many years I went back to grad school to do a doctorate in Education; during these years of inquiry away from physics and into multiculturalism, sociolinguistics, gender studies, cognitive psychology, etc., I came away with a dissertation on the positive effects of starting an introductory physics course with symmetry and contemporary physics, and teaching non-physics majors along with physics majors, to see the numbers in Nature. The method WORKS (see at http://bit.ly/9uFByX )."
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Richard Hake, Emeritus Professor of Physics, Indiana University
Honorary Member, Curmudgeon Lodge of Deventer, The Netherlands
President, PEdants for Definitive Academic References which Recognize the Invention of the Internet (PEDARRII)
"Mathematics is the gate and key of the sciences. . . .Neglect of mathematics works injury to all knowledge, since he who is ignorant of it cannot know the other sciences or the things of this world. And what is worse, men who are thus ignorant are unable to perceive their own ignorance and so do not seek a remedy."
Roger Bacon (Opus Majus, bk. 1, ch. 4) http://bit.ly/dzjbWv
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Hake, R.R. 2010. "Re: What do they do in math?" online on the OPEN AERA-L archives at http://bit.ly/90Cs3J. Post of 30 Jun 2010 13:07:04 -0700 to AERA-L, Math-Learn, Math-Teach, Phys-L, & PhysLrnR. The abstract and link to the complete post are being transmitted to various discussion lists.