expected outcomes and concrete end products
Believing that teaching maths may
not be reduced to practising rules, it must stimulate love for maths, creative
thinking, looking at the problems from a wider point of view, in a
multidisciplinary context, making links to other fields like philosophy,
learning from the great thinkers of the past and the present moment.
Possible approach strategies can
be : reading, searching through libraries, internet, ask for information at
other institutions in each country and compare it.
We want to encourage our students
during the lessons of maths, history, philosophy... to investigate for the
existence of important mathematicians who lived in the three participating
countries, Italy, Norway, Belgium and the origin and the development of the
mathematical symbols, ideas, concept representations, algorithms...
In addition we will make
innovative use of new information and communications technology ( internet +
e-mail) and involve hereby an intensive exchange of information and experience
on innovative methods of teaching.
The students will send the
gathered information to other interested schools and institutions inside the
three countries as well as to the partner schools by e-mail. Any question raised
by the partnerschools about the information sent will be investigated and
answered. In addition the involved teachers of maths, history,.. will try to
incorporate in their lessons results and information given by the partnerschools.
The latter because we want that the students should be aware of the fact that
concepts found by ancient, modern and contemporary mathematicians serves and
will serve our present and future society.
We intend to produce a calendar or
book or poster or multimedial text or CD-rom or website.
Each school, working at this
project, can choose and develop one or more aspects of maths completely or in
part in order to focus some aspects of them.
In the coordinating
Presentatie", interested students and teachers of all classes of the 4th
and 5th year will have the opportunity to participate : they can work
with a group of 20 at the time using an ISDN-line to investigate on internet the
contribution of Belgian thinkers, and the new concepts they introduced, from the
middle ages until now to the development of maths. Prepared in advance and
helped by universities and teacher training centres, they’ll try to establish
a website that can be part of the existing maths information pages on internet.
The partnerschool " Liceo
Flaminio" wants to take part to this project focusing to the history of the
development of the principle mathematical concepts and the history of the
mathematical symbols development and of the different mathematical concept
representations. This school participates with two groups of students : one
belonging to the classic liceo and the other to the scientific liceo. The first
group could develop his work referring to the ancient Greek and modern
mathematics while the second might study the same points referring to the modern
and contemporary mathematics
The partnerschool "Greåker"
wants to let their students work with algorithms from ancient cultures. We want
them to explain why those algorithms work and make their own examples. In
addition we want our students search for information of some Norwegian
mathematicians. This will be like small biographies and as far as possible, tell
about their contributions to mathematics.