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ERIC Number: ED434001
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Pages: 35
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Teaching Adult Students Mathematical Investigation--2.
Angiama, R. O.
This paper is based on the on-going research work and teaching carried out in the Mathematics Foundations Course (MFC) at Goldsmiths College, University of London. It is argued that teaching adult students mathematical investigation has given insight into the way they learn mathematics better and removes the barriers of mathematics phobia. It should be a tool in its own right which adult students can associate with and clarify, think, predict, survey, and research, and should enable them to solve problems in a variety of ways including other related subjects like science, economics, geography, technology, and art. Furthermore, mathematical investigation encourages adult students to read, understand, and respond to questions and explanations better. It makes them confident in mathematics learning by making them familiar with mathematical words and their meanings. Moreover, adult students become more confident when talking about mathematics. It involves using processes which will lead to the understanding of mathematical concepts and rules and generates mathematical discussions. This paper invites discussion of mathematical investigation as well as other issues concerning research on all aspects of adult mathematics learning and teaching considered to be vital to increase our understanding and enhance the status of adult mathematics education. This paper concludes that mathematical investigation provides a basis for improving the quality of teaching and learning mathematics, which will lead to an achievement in mathematics education, therefore, leading to an improvement in standards. A critical mathematics curriculum is also discussed. (ASK)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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