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1 Snezana Lawrence St. Edmunds Catholic School, Dover GATSBY fellowship 2004/5 KS3 & 4 and the History of Mathematics

2 Existing resources in the History of Maths for KS3 & 4 Majority aimed at university and post- graduate level Some can be used by teachers, but very time-consuming exercise if they do not have maths history training No way of telling of the accuracy of material because not peer assessed

3 Divisions… Primary resources sites Accumulative sites - ones that get built up over time (not necessarily primary resources but wealth of material) Mutating sites - ones that change regularly(and have or dont - archive of old material) List sites - with or without original material Purpose-made sites - for existing courses, or developed because of the special interest or expertise of the owner

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8 Accumulative sites

9 Mutating sites

10 List sites

11 Purpose made sites

12 Anything in between…

13 Few good examples All of the models mentioned could be used and/or combined Best sites already are not exclusively one or the other… We can learn from sites that are concerned with the teaching of mathematics but not necessarily have any content in relation to the history of mathematics

14 What will be used and how Primary resources sites (Gallica, Cornell University Library) List sites for further research (The Maths Drexel) Purpose-made sites for existing courses at the universities worldwide Links to good printed sources

15 Some guiding lights Internationalisation Understanding different cultural approaches Interdisciplinary approach Creative, intellectual fascination Schematising grabbing at the apparatus needed Elegance of old proofs/discoveries

16 Some guiding lights 2 Comparison and links with the arts De-trivialisation Studying old masters – seeing yourself in the context of a creative tradition Aesthetic view and approach Development of intuition, induction and analogy Interdepndence

17 Some guiding lights 3 Story telling – taking possession of the story/topic as their own Familiarity – taking the torch to the next person Rather than large number of projects, worked out scheme, links, cross cultural and interdisciplinary approach (benefits for teachers as well as pupils).

18 Structure of the web site MAIN PAGES - which set out the mathematical topic with links to: –National Curriculum –Activities sheets –Project Proposals –Links pages for that particular topic –Links to other topics Schema of the NC with links to topics Timeline with links to topics VISIT THE SITE IN OCTOBER!!!


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