ERIC Number: EJ764373
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Mar
Reference Count: 7
Contextual Approach in Teaching Mathematics: An Example Using the Sum of Series of Positive Integers
Lam, T. T.
International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, v38 n2 p273-282 Mar 2007
In this paper, a contextual approach to teaching Mathematics at the pre-university level is recommended, and an example is illustrated. A "context" in the form of a real common mathematical problem is presented to the students. Different approaches to tackle the problem (from topics within and outside the syllabus) can be elicited from students. The insight obtained from the various methods of solving the problem can be used to deepen students' learnt concepts and to enhance concepts to be learnt later in the curriculum.
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Mathematics Instruction, Student Attitudes, Mathematical Formulas, Educational Strategies, Mathematics Curriculum, Algebra, Numbers, Problem Solving, Postsecondary Education
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Postsecondary Education
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