For the realization of this output, all partners in this partnership will have 5-10 working days to do the research and make selection of good practices. Research will be carried out about activities, web platforms, books, courses, methodology, competitions and contests which are considered to be good practices in and outside Europe. The collection of these practices is the first step to quality assurance for creation of a methodology of standards which will be used as a base for the development of the guidebook and guidelines of this MATH-Labyrinth method.
This collection of good practices will be an electronic database of all practices in teaching and learning mathematics that are relevant to the students’ age and interest, and it would be uploaded on the web platform for future reference.
The researchers would focus their attention according to the type of practice that is relevant to our proposal and rational; since the target group is mostly students in secondary education it will be of great importance to concentrate on the activities that are relevant to type and scope for this age of pupils.
The topics and contents of the Standards will include on-line competitions, presentations and hands-on activities, guidebooks of other methods and approaches used for solving mathematical problems. The area of interest for creation of the standards will more specifically include:
– precision about problem details,
– relevant choice of method or strategy to solve the problem,
– accurate calculations,
– assumptions and generalizations that show how the details of the mathematical task/problem are addressed in the solution
– clarity in terms of logical organization for the reader’s ease of comprehension,
– requiring little or no reader inference
– cohesive arguments that consist of an interplay of explanations, diagrams, graphs, tables and mathematical examples
– elaborations that explain and justify mathematical ideas and strategies with sufficient and significant mathematical detail
– appropriate and accurate use of mathematical terminology, symbolic notation and standard forms for labeling graphs and diagrams
The aim of this output is to bring greater visibility of what has been done in Europe and is related to acquisition of the skills in mathematics. On the basis of experience gained through the information received we would provide a list of good practices in the field of mathematics. It will be uploaded on the e-learning platform and it will be visible for all interested parties.
(November 2015 –March 2016)