ERIC Number: ED474046
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000
Teaching Adult Students Mathematical Investigations-6.
Angiama, R. O.
Teaching Adult Students Mathematical Investigation is based on the continuing research work carried out for the last ten years of teaching on the Foundation Course in Mathematics at Goldsmiths, University of London. Teaching Mathematical Investigation to adult students is a very challenging and often rewarding experience for adult educators as well as for the adult students. The theme of the investigation is that adult students are asked to make Ice-Cream Cones containing two scoops of two different flavors. First, they are asked to decide the flavors, then make as many different combinations of two scoops of Ice-Cream Cones, using each flavor only once. The paper concludes that many adults already have a wealth of experience. Teaching methods such as "mathematical investigation" and discussion with adults can provide a bridge to new learning initiative for adult students. Clearly, the evidence in this investigation suggests that adult students gain more when they know what work they are personally accountable for and what to do when they have finished, with the "Ah, Ha!" experience. (Author)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Adult Programs, Cognitive Style, Concept Formation, Educational Strategies, Experiential Learning, Higher Education, Mathematics Instruction, Numeracy, Relevance (Education), Teaching Methods
Peppercorn Books, P.O. Box 693, Snow Camp, NC 27349.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Note: In: Proceedings of the International Conference on Adults Learning Mathematics (ALM-7) (7th, July 6-8, 2000, Medford, MA). For full proceedings, see SE 066 771.