ERIC Number: ED303334
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985
Reference Count: N/A
Using the Newspaper in Secondary Mathematics.
Guenther, John E.; Corbitt, Mary Kay
Most teachers agree that the mathematics skills needed for today's world encompass more than basic computation. It is important that schools provide students with the skills to organize and analyze the wealth of information that confronts them on a daily basis. Therefore, the quantitative reasoning skills required for intelligent problem solving must be an integral part of the school mathematics curriculum. Problem solving is a skill that can be enhanced by students who use the newspaper as a part of their mathematics instruction. Newspapers supply information that students can analyze, interpret, and apply to everyday problems. This publication provides secondary mathematics teachers with a series of meaningful activities that use the newspaper as a learning resource. The activities are designed to provide experiences in: (1) several important skill areas by cultivating an awareness of mathematics which should result in increased motivation; (2) the understanding of numerical concepts; (3) "real-life" applications of mathematics; (4) working with data using tables, charts, or graphs; (5) concepts of probability; and (6) geometry and measurement. Included in this publication is a brief discussion of the purposes of mathematics education, the advantage of using the newspaper, and the relationship between the two. (RT)
Descriptors: Estimation (Mathematics), Experiential Learning, Instructional Improvement, Instructional Materials, Mathematical Enrichment, Mathematics Instruction, Mathematics Materials, Misconceptions, Motivation Techniques, Newspapers, Problem Solving, Secondary School Mathematics
American Newspaper Publishers Association Foundation, The Newspaper Center, Box 17407 Dulles Airport, Washington, DC 20024 ($15.00 prepaid).
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: American Newspaper Publishers Association Foundation, Washington, DC.