Facilitating Source-Centered History of Mathematics

Developing Materials for Danish Upper Secondary Mathematics Education
  • Kristian Danielsen
  • Emilie Gertz
  • Henrik Kragh Sørensen
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Part of the ICME-13 Monographs book series (ICME13Mo)

Abstract

We present and discuss initiatives to develop source-centered teaching materials in history of mathematics for upper secondary education, aiming at meeting the objective of the Danish curriculum to make history of mathematics relevant. To this end we present the design template for such multi-purpose materials we developed, which allows devising materials neither too superficial nor too specialized, and we address the constraints on and affordances of historical sources in adapting to teaching objectives. It includes differentiation and scalability for using historical sources, and provides opportunity for interdisciplinary teaching, another requirement for Danish upper secondary education. We also report on (i) the recent application of our design approach to develop such source-centered materials in collaboration with small groups of dedicated teachers, and (ii) students’ positive response to the inquiry-driven teaching based on this material.

Keywords

Teaching with sources Interdisciplinary teaching Logistic growth Developing teaching materials 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kristian Danielsen
    • 1
  • Emilie Gertz
    • 1
  • Henrik Kragh Sørensen
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Mathematics, Center for Science StudiesAarhus UniversityAarhus CDenmark
  2. 2.Section for History and Philosophy of Science, Department of Science EducationUniversity of CopenhagenCopenhagen KDenmark

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