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Paolillo, Bonaventura; Rizzo, Piermichele; Vincenzi, Giovanni – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2017
In this paper, we give possible suggestions for a classroom lesson about an application of probability using basic mathematical notions. We will approach to some combinatoric results without using "induction", "polynomial identities" nor "generating functions", and will give a proof of the "Vandermonde…
Descriptors: Probability, Mathematical Logic, Validity, Foreign Countries
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Modica, Erasmo – Teaching Mathematics and Its Applications: An International Journal of the IMA, 2011
This article describes an activity that can be carried out in one of the final classes of Italian secondary schools. The aim of the activity is to stimulate pupil curiosity, demonstrating that Mathematics is not a barren subject and allowing the students, according to an interdisciplinary point of view, to investigate some literary works and the…
Descriptors: Interdisciplinary Approach, Mathematics, Mathematics Instruction, Mathematics Education
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Bottino, Rosa Maria; Robotti, Elisabetta – Educational Technology & Society, 2007
The paper discusses the results of a research project based on the field testing of a course aimed at developing arithmetic problem solving skills in primary school pupils. The course was designed to incorporate e-learning techniques, including the use of ARI@ITALES authoring tools. These tools allowed the integration in the course of…
Descriptors: Learning Activities, Problem Solving, Classroom Techniques, Arithmetic
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Gorard, Stephen – British Journal of Sociology of Education, 2011
This paper uses reports from 13,000 Grade Nine pupils in five countries to examine issues such as whether they were treated fairly at school, trust their teachers and adults in wider society, are willing to sacrifice teacher attention to help others, and support the cultural integration of recent immigrants. Using such reports as…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Grade 9, Adolescent Attitudes, Justice
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Celestino, Teresa; Marchetti, Fabio – Journal of Chemical Education, 2015
Educating future scientists and citizens is more effective if students are guided to correctly apply what they learned in school to their daily lives. This experience-based work is focused on the study of a well-known commercial product: cat litter. This material offers different starting points for a critical examination. Questions related to…
Descriptors: Secondary School Science, Chemistry, High School Students, Science Instruction
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Fischbein, Efraim; And Others – Educational Studies in Mathematics, 1991
To investigate the origins and nature of intuitive obstacles affecting the learning of elementary probability theory, 618 Italian elementary and middle school students were interviewed about their methods of solution for several problems dealing with probability. The discussion focuses on four varieties of obstacles to learning prevalent within…
Descriptors: Cognitive Structures, Cognitive Style, Comprehension, Concept Formation