id: 06270683
dt: j
an: 2014b.00289
au: Fenaroli, Giuseppina; Furinghetti, Fulvia; Somaglia, Annamaria
ti: Rethinking mathematical concepts with the lens of the history of
mathematics: an experiment with prospective secondary teachers.
so: Sci. Educ. (Dordrecht) 23, No. 1, 185-203 (2014).
py: 2014
pu: Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht
la: EN
cc: D39 A30
ut: mathematical concepts; history of mathematics; pre-service teachers;
teacher education
ci:
li: doi:10.1007/s11191-013-9651-0
ab: Summary: In this paper we present the main lines of a course on the history
of mathematics for prospective secondary school (students’ age range
14‒19) mathematics teachers, enrolled on a 2-year postgraduate
teacher preparation program. In order to integrate the historical
objectives with the educational objectives of the program we adopted
the following strategy: on the one hand we focused on some important
concepts taught in upper secondary school that required the prospective
teachers to reflect on the difficulties linked to these concepts; on
the other hand we proposed original sources intended to enhance the
students’ reflection through challenging some existing beliefs on
these concepts. We informed the prospective teachers that they were
participating in a research project. This fostered a collaborative
atmosphere and an active involvement that guided our students towards
the final step of the course, where they were requested to outline a
teaching sequence for presenting the concepts in the classroom.
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