A theatre of mathematical history – a historical memoir

Lawrence, Snezana ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0208-9320 (2020) A theatre of mathematical history – a historical memoir. Teaching Innovations, 33 (1) . pp. 123-135. ISSN 0352-2334 (doi:10.5937/inovacije2001124L)

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Abstract

This paper summarises a particular aspect of using the history of mathematics to inspire and educate secondary level teachers. Whilst discussion about the uses of the history of mathematics in the classroom is mentioned with some of the most used approaches, the paper is itself a historical memoir. It reflects on the process in which, during a career in a mathematics classroom, and later, in author’s work with teachers, the author discovered a method that proves to be most efficient, simple, and at the same time inspiring for all involved – for pupils, teachers, and the author herself. The method consists of creating an imaginary theatre of mathematical objects and images. This imaginary theatre can be considered to be a place, real or imagined, that can be recreated in any circumstance where mathematics is learnt, taught, and discussed.

Item Type: Article
Keywords (uncontrolled): National Curriculum in England, Prince’s Teaching Institute, ICME (International Congress of Mathematics Education), History and Pedagogy of Mathematics group (HPM), European Summer School (ESU)
Research Areas: A. > School of Science and Technology > Design Engineering and Mathematics
Item ID: 29557
Notes on copyright: © 2020 by the authors, licensee Teacher Education Faculty University of Belgrade, SERBIA.
This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY 4.0) which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original paper is accurately cited.
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Depositing User: Snezana Lawrence
Date Deposited: 01 Apr 2020 10:24
Last Modified: 11 May 2020 17:04
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/29557

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