Abstract / Synopsis
The Jay Leno skit Jaywalking, showing ordinary people struggling to answer basic questions, is both entertaining and applicable to teaching. This article describes how an instructor can strengthen students' conceptual understanding by creating an element of confusion, or "cognitive dissonance," in the students' minds using Jaywalking-style interactions in the classroom.
Adam Glesser & Martin Bonsangue, "Jay Leno and Abstract Algebra," Journal of Humanistic Mathematics, Volume 6 Issue 1 (January 2016), pages 242-248. DOI: 10.5642/jhummath.201601.16. Available at: https://scholarship.claremont.edu/jhm/vol6/iss1/16