The Effects of a Mathematics History Lecture by a Mathematician on Elementary Mathematics Education

초등학생을 대상으로 한 '수학자 수학사 특강'의 학습효과

  • Cha, In-Sook (Department of Mathematics, Hanyang University) ;
  • Han, Jeong-Soon (Department of Applied Mathematics, Hanyang University)
  • Published : 2006.11.30

Abstract

This study is to investigate the effects of a mathematics history lecture on elementary students' math learning. Pre- and post-tests were done for 33 6th grade students before and after 3-units of mathematics history lecture by a mathematician. The results show that the lecture improved students' interests and confidence on math. Especially, the tests present a positive change in students' attitudes on math and results in an increased curiosity on and willingness to study math. This study shows a consistent result with previous studies of teaming effects of introducing mathematics history in math. This study also highlights that even 3-units of math history lecture can significantly improve students' attitude and belief on math learning. Given the positive effects of math history lecture on students' math loaming, it is implicated that math history be included in the formal elementary math curriculum and more participation of math history experts in math.learning processes is needed.