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Adding a dimension to logic diagramming. (English)
Blackburn, Patrick (ed.) et al., Tools for teaching logic. Third international congress, TICTTL 2011, Salamanca, Spain, June 1‒4, 2011. Proceedings. Berlin: Springer (ISBN 978-3-642-21349-6/pbk). Lecture Notes in Computer Science 6680. Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence, 101-108 (2011).
Summary: A blind learner needs some method other than Venn diagrams to test syllogisms for validity. I present here a sketch of a three-dimensional apparatus, Sylloid, invented to fill this need and to inculcate deep learning rather than the mere ability to get answers right. What one learns in the design process is then used in designing a successor, Son of Sylloid, for sighted users that is pedagogically superior to Venn diagrams. This dog-legged approach to materials design is of wide application: first design apparatus for a user, real or imagined, weak in one or more of Howard Gardner’s ‘intelligences’, then create a successor design for the non-deficient.
Classification: E30 A60
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