V.I – Picturing to Learn

…every time I sit down with a scientist and ask them to describe their work, they inevitably take out a cocktail napkin and a pencil.

Interesting project that popped out of National Science Foundation in collaboration with Duke University for a project called Picturing to Learn.

M.I.T. students are usually good at math,” he says, “but sometimes you discover they’ve memorized the equations and use the right buzzwords. You don’t know if they’re just not a good writer or if they’ve bungled the whole concept. If you make them do a picture, you can zero in on things that words might conceal.

Article for the New York Times by Donald G. Mcneil Jr 27.07.08, At the Drawing Board

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