Background aims

The project ScienceMath is an interdisciplinary European co-operation project for the promotion of mathematical and scientific literacy. It is supported by the European Commission within programme Comenius 2.1. Co-operation partners are universities and schools of the following countries: Germany, Denmark, Finland, Slovenia. Objective is the development of proven teaching sequences and –modules that lead to a comprehensive and multidimensional learning of mathematic contents and concepts. The basic idea is to encourage mathematic learning in scientific contexts and activities of the pupils. This is in direct accordance with the OECD requirements. Here the project offers concrete teaching and learning material to integrate the formal aspects of the European mathematical lessons into interdisciplinary and applicable contents.

The basis of the project is an interdisciplinary approach with sciences especially with Physics. The pupils shall experience Mathematics in an appropriate interesting and important way by the means of extra-mathematical references; learning in interrelations shall contribute to an intuitive mathematic understanding. With the aid of scientific contexts and methods the gap between formal mathematics and authentic experience shall be closed and on the other hand the variety of mathematic items shall be experienced.

The theoretic background for this approach is the Realistic Mathematics Education concept that has been developed at the Freudenthal Institute in the Netherlands. According to this context related problems are central parts of mathematics which may not only be applications but which shall also lead to a direct debate about mathematic contents and concept in the context.

Problems to support e.g. the learning of the concept of function shall be posed in a way that pupils are motivated to comprehend the basic process of a functional context in a real, authentic and experimental situation.