Date du début: 1 sept. 2015,
Date de fin: 31 août 2018
The project ‘Mission-Maths’ is to enhance students’ practical maths knowledge to be applied in other fields of science and everyday situations and to develop teachers’ competence in innovative maths teaching methodology.
Students lack basic maths skills, their mathematical knowledge gained at school is too theoretical and they cannot apply it in real life situations, although they can solve problems in exam/test papers. They have problems with interpreting data, graphs and simple databases. However, they are more and more demanding and traditional methods used at school are not effective enough and do not appeal to young computer-hungry minds. Teachers lack innovative and effective teaching methods and find it difficult to show the importance of practical maths in a way which would appeal to or be attractive to young students who live in technology-oriented world. There are few multimedia educational programs that could be attractive for young minds and stimulate them to perceive maths problems practically.
The project objective is to introduce and test innovative methods, such as Inquiry-Based Method, SCRATCH programing language and making use of logical games and strategy-based tasks during lessons.
Our target groups are 120 students and 24 Maths and IT teachers from schools that are far from scientific centres which could inspire teachers and students.
The partner schools are situated in areas where maths education is of great importance. In some areas the unemployment rate is high and young people tend to leave the region because of poor employment perspectives. The project activities will contribute to bigger employment opportunities in the future.
The project will make it easier for target groups to exchange ideas and practical experience through transnational meetings, staff training events and short-term exchanges as each partner to the project comes from different economic background, has different facilities but shares the same objective of increasing students’ maths knowledge and enhancing their further scientific education.
The international cooperation is necessary as German partner’s already implemented effective educational programmes which other partners can benefit from. Moreover, successful ideas of other partners that have been carried out on local/regional level will be spread internationally.
Through mobilities students and teachers will develop and try out most effective, engaging and creative methods and interactive maths games. Students will gain practical maths knowledge that can be implemented in everyday life and boost their self-esteem through peer-to-peer tools and become more aware of the knowledge they have. They will develop skills of creative problem solving through international team work. They will acquire new and improve their existing IT skills.
SCRATCH language, innovative computer games or logical board games, encouraging students to ask questions, will facilitate practical application of maths.
Great support from the experienced German partner will help to develop teachers’ competence in creative and innovative maths teaching methodology. Through shared experience teachers will work out innovative and effective methods, tools and lesson plans to meet demands of modern technology oriented world.
Project activities will be a grassroot initiative triggering off new approach and changes in maths curriculum to make it more practical.
The activities will take place at local, regional and international levels. Workshops for teachers and students and cooperation with scientific centres will enhance the participants’ knowledge and become the basis for future cooperation in the field of maths education.
Tangible results of the project will be available for partner school communities and will be useful source of information for other students, teachers, parents, other community members even after the project completion. The project results will be disseminated at local, regional and European levels to make sure our ideas are available for everyone. Erasmus+ dissemination platform will help to show the impact and outcomes of the project, sharing good practice and experience within schools, communities and regions, allowing others to learn from it. The project will bring longer term benefits. Activities promoting practical maths skills will be part of school curricula. Schools will continue their cooperation with local institutions and project partners. Project online groups will still be active making background for further discussions and future cooperation. Students will become familiar with culture and natural heritage of other countries.
The participants will improve linguistic skills. This will facilitate creating new European Union program projects in the field of education through exchange of good practices and results. Cooperation of international groups will also break down barriers and prejudices between nations.
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