Authors: Teacher Rosanna Busiello Teacher Mario Di Fonza in collaboration with Teachers Sabrina Nappi & Aiese Rosa Krizia – ISIS EUROPA, Pomigliano d’Arco, Naples, Italy
As Wheeler affirmed: “It is more useful to know how to mathematise rather than to know a lot of mathematics”.
The skills of the citizen, to whose achievement mathematical education contributes, are for example: ADEQUATELY EXPRESSING INFORMATION, INTUITING AND IMAGINING, SOLVING AND POSING PROBLEMS, PLANNING AND BUILDING MODELS OF REAL SITUATIONS, OPERATING CHOICES IN CONDITIONS OF UNCERTAINTY.
In particular, the teaching of mathematics and science (starting from fields of experience) should help students with the use of language and mathematical reasoning as tools for the interpretation of reality and should not constitute solely an abstract background of notions.
Coupling mathematical theory to the real world, in addition to stimulating interest, promotes active learning, helps to face study as a discovery and promotes the understanding of mathematical concepts. Today it is possible to propose an elementary approach to mathematical modeling since high school, thanks also to the new technologies.Continue reading