The University of Montana
Department of Mathematical Sciences

Technical report #3/2008

Proceedings of the Second International Symposium on Mathematics and its Connections to the Arts and Sciences

Bharath Sriraman
Dept. of Mathematical Sciences
The University of Montana

Claus Michelsen
Dept. of Mathematics and Computer Sciences
University of Southern Denmark

Astrid Beckmann
University of Education, Scwhaebisch Gmuend,Germany

Viktor Freiman
University of Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada

Abstract

The Proceedings are based on the recently held Symposium on mathematics and its connections to the arts and sciences, namely the MACAS2 Symposium in Odense, Denmark (May 29-31, 2007). Simply put the proceedings are an eclectic collection of interdisciplinary research initiatives undertaken by mathematics educators with implications for practitioners concerned with teaching and learning processes. The papers cover a wide genre of research domains within mathematics education (cognition, modelling, problem solving, teacher education, ethnomathematics, mathematical/statistical literacy, curricular and technological initiatives and research related to science education). One of the papers presents an argument for the interdisciplinary nature of the field of mathematics education. The major interdisciplinary themes of the papers in this book are:
  1. How can modelling activities be used to foster interdisciplinary projects in the school and university setting?
  2. How can the intricate connections between mathematics and physics be used to design and research interdisciplinary activities in schools and the university?
  3. How can research within the ethnomathematics domain of mathematics education be linked to critical mathematics education and interdisciplinary projects involving mathematics, art and culture?
  4. How can the push for mathematical and statistical literacy be connected to other subjects in the school curricula and emphasized via interdisciplinary activities?
  5. What are concrete examples of classroom experiments with empirical data that demonstrate new and unusual connections/relations between mathematics, arts and the sciences with implications for pedagogy?
  6. What is the role of technology and new ICT interfaces in linking communities of learners in interdisciplinary activities involving problem solving?

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AMS Subject Classification: 97

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Pre-print of Book to be published by University of Southern Denmark Press, Odense.