ERIC Number: ED401271
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Oct
Integrating Mathematics and Social Studies: Activities Based on Internet Resources.
Abel, Frederick J.; Abel, Jean P.
"Why are we doing this math stuff, this is social studies class?" This statement reflects the common notion by students that academic disciplines are distinct and separate. While curriculum integration seems to be gaining acceptance again, most integration is done in the traditional manner: math/science or language arts/social studies. The purpose of this paper is to give examples of ways in which teachers can integrate the disciplines of mathematics and social studies in a meaningful way that will allow their students to construct their own knowledge based on their interaction with peers, teachers, and the Internet. Both the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) and National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) standards support this type of integration. Three activities that integrate mathematics and the social studies disciplines of geography, political science and economics are discussed. Other activities relating mathematics to these and other social studies areas are also available on the Internet. Most of these activities also show integration of other academic disciplines. A list of World Wide Web sites for integrating mathematics and social studies and samples of resources and activities downloaded from the Internet are appended. (Author/ND)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Montana Council of Teachers of Mathematics (Helena, MT, October 18, 1996).