OPENING CEREMONY - Mathematics: Telling the Real Story

Summary

Stories can play a powerful role in teaching as well as in everyday life. Stories demonstrate teachers’ passion and enthusiasm, communicate information in a memorable form, and help to engage students’ emotions. While teachers of mathematics are often exhorted to make mathematics “relevant” for their students, linking school mathematics - especially more abstract concepts - with the real world can be notoriously difficult. This presentation will explore different types and purposes for story telling, and how stories can be used to enrich the mathematical experiences of our students. In particular, it will illustrate ways in which stories about the work of contemporary mathematicians and the applications of contemporary mathematics can be used to enhance the learning and teaching of mathematics.

Presenters
Susie Groves

Session Code Session Date Session Start Session Finish Session Location Places Remaining
XT1- 01/12/2011 09:00 am 10:20 am OPTION FULL

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