id: 02338477
dt: j
an: 2001b.01312
au: Alrø, Helle; Blomhøj, Morten; Bødtkjer, Henning; Skovsmose, Ole;
Skånstrøm, Mikael
ti: Mathematics teaching in a risk society. (Farlige små tal - almendannelse i
et risikosamfund.)
so: Nord. Mat.didakt. 8, No. 4, 27-52 (2000).
py: 2000
pu: Nationellt Centrum för Matematikutbildning (NCM), Göteborgs Universitet,
Göteborg
la: DA
cc: D30
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ab: ’When flying is there an increased risk for accidents if some of the
passengers are frequent flyers?’ Mia asked implying that when
travelling frequently the risk of falling down increases and, as a
consequence one must avoid the ill-fated frequent flyers as travel
companions! Some sociologists use the term ’risk society’ to
characterise the development of the modern highly technological
society. The main thesis is that the highly technological organisation
of production and society will create risk phenomena and that the
handling of these phemomena is a challenge for our democracy. Based on
this thesis we raise the following question: How can mathematics
teaching contribute to the general education in a risk society? We have
tried to answer this question in a cooperation between two mathematics
teachers and three researchers in mathematics education. Our method is
characterized by the interaction between research and development of
practice. Using the setting as a didactical tool we have developed
courses giving the pupils the possibilities of working with risk
phenomena and with concepts like risk estimation, credibility and
responsibility. The courses are planned, observed and analysed with the
aim of providing meaning to the concept of general education in a
’risk society’. This paper refers to a $9^{th}$ grade working with
very small probabilities, spot tests, calculation and estimating the
risk of salmonella poisoning.
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