Building a Scientific Community in the Mathematics Classroom: Investigating Translations of a Parabola through an Interdisciplinary Approach with Physics

By Eleni Tharouniati and Maria Houpi.

Published by The International Journal of Science, Mathematics and Technology Learning

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In this paper we outline the procedure implemented in order to introduce translations of a parabola to tenth grade algebra students. Advantages in applying an interdisciplinary approach with physics are discussed. Promoting an investigative approach in teaching sciences is presented as an indivisible part of building a sense of scientific community in the classroom. The added value of the learning experience created is illustrated through differentiated participation and higher order thinking manifestations analysed and categorised so as to highlight changes in classroom practice.

Keywords: mathematics education, science education, ICT, investigative approach, interdisciplinary

The International Journal of Science, Mathematics, and Technology Learning, Volume 22, Issue 3, September 2015, pp.1-14. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 899.436KB).

Eleni Tharouniati

Teacher, Greek Ministry of Education, Public Art School of Gerakas, Athens, Attiki, Greece

Maria Houpi

Physics teacher, Greek Ministry of Education, Secondary Art School of Gerakas, Pallini, Attiki, Greece