ERIC Number: ED477833
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002-Jul
Avoiding Mathematics Trauma: Alternative Teaching Methods.
Ufuktepe, Unal; Ozel, Claire Thomas
Children in primary education often encounter mathematics having picked up a general fear of mathematics from the society around them. This results in lack of confidence, avoidance of non-standard thought processes, weakness in problem solving strategies, and other negative consequences. This study offers an alternative approach: presenting mathematics as dynamic, interactive entertainment. The Mathematics Society, a student club at Izmir Institute of Technology (IZTECH), has developed a Mathematics Drama program that addresses elementary mathematics. This paper presents information on how successful this group has been in addressing the needs of the pupils attending their shows and considers possible causes of the fear of mathematics, then look at the work of the Mathematics Society and discusses its validity as a possible educational model. Finally, this paper presents and analyzes data from a survey of 500 pupils. (Author/KHR)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Note: Paper presented at the International Conference on the Teaching of Mathematics (2nd, Crete, Greece, July, 2002).