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How does the brain function when students think about mathematics—or rather, "see" it? That question is posed in a new report entitled "Seeing as Understanding: The Importance of Visual Mathematics for our Brain and Learning", authored by Stanford University mathematics researcher Dr. Jo Boaler and brain researcher Dr. Lang Chen. The paper posits that according to embodied cognition researchers, the ways in which "we posture, gaze, gesture, point, and use tools when expressing mathematical ideas" contributes to students' abilities to understand and "hold" mathematical ideas in their brain.

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Learning Disabilities / Differences
Mathematics and Adult Numeracy
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Research/Evidence-Based Practice
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SABES Mathematics and Adult Numeracy Curriculum and Instruction PD Team
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