Le-MATH: Learning Mathematics through new Communication Factors
Learning Mathematics through new Communication Factors, Le-MATH, is a European Commission-funded project under Comenius MP that runs between November 2012 and October 2014.
Le-MATH is coordinated by the Cyprus Mathematical Society. The project consortium brings together partners from universities, schools, maths associations, foundations, theatre schools, art schools and enterprises.The Le-MATH project supports European cooperation on schools in the area of key competences in mathematics. By enhancing creativity and innovation among youth, the project activities contribute to the objectives of Education and Training 2020, the strategic framework for European cooperation in education and training. More specifically, Le-MATH contributes to reaching the benchmark of reducing the percentage of low-achievers in basic mathematics and science skills among 15-year-olds to less than 15%.
Le-MATH aims at developing new methodologies in learning and teaching mathematics to pupils of age 9-18. These methodologies can be used in any school environment and are expected to make mathematics more attractive to young people, teachers and parents. Moreover, they can be adapted to suit other school subjects and age-groups:
A. MATHeatre: Teaching and learning mathematics through math theatre activities
B. MATH-Factor: Teaching and learning mathematics through mathematics communication activities.
During the 2014/2015 school year, European school competitions for MATHeatre and MATHFactor are organised.
Country: Austria, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, France, Greece, Hungary, Romania, Spain, Sweden
Coordinator: Cyprus Mathematical Society: www.cms.org.cy
Target groups: education authorities, policy makers, primary school students, secondary school students, teachers
Start year: 2012
End year: 2014
Contact person: Dr. Gregory Makrides - Project Coordinator, makrides.g (at) ucy.ac.cy
Project outputs including the development of project methodologies and good practices in Europe and beyond can be accessed in the relevant section of the Le-MATH project website.
Research has shown that experimenting with and explaining mathematics may help with appropriating and sustaining knowledge up to 90%, as opposed to the 10% achieved by simply reading.
Le-MATH proposes two main methods, MATHeatre and MATHFactor, which can be used as teaching tools for teachers and learning tools for pupils, encouraging the latter to communicate mathematics through a new approach. The tools proposed by Le-MATH help teachers train their pupils in how to explain mathematical theorems, methods or applications to non-experts.
Training Courses for teachers are organised. Information on the dates and locations can be found on the project website.
Method A – MATHeatre proposes teaching materials and methodology for teaching Mathematics to 9-18 year old pupils using specially designed theatre scenarios. It includes guidelines for teachers on how to design and apply maths theatre scenarios, and how to organise theatre festivals or competitions.
The methodology is delivered as a Comenius training course for teachers in Europe with pupils between the ages of 9 and 18.
Method B – MATHFactor emulates the widely spread communication technologies used in today’s world by bringing communication activities into the classroom and using them as methods and tools for actively involving pupils in the learning process by encouraging them to be creative.
Two European competitions are organised in the 2014-2015 school-year; international competition finals take place at the 2015 EUROMATH Conference.