28 November 2013

New center for computer-based mathematics education


Center for Computational Mathematics Teaching, under the Department of Mathematical Sciences, provides the framework for new, exciting research and development for math teachers in high school.

Niels Grønbæk

Center Director Niels Grønbæk says that the project is an open invitation to join to explore the relationship between advanced computer programs and mathematics learning in high school.

The center will offer a kind of action research, which in some respects is new on the Danish scene. It consists of the following main elements:

  • An advanced individual training of mathematics teachers who themselves decide on a theme with computers in education, they will develop and test.
  • Guidance and inspiration from the center's coaches on all aspects of the courses - mathematics academic, didactic and computer-related.
  • Systematic collection of experience and knowledge.

The Centre's focus is on the CAS Maple, used today in many secondary schools, and in the introductory mathematics in higher education - as well as in business.

But focus is not on the computer program per se or how students handle it. Rather, it is about the mathematics content taught or disseminated, says Niels Grønbæk on CMU's home page.

Read more on CMU's homepage (in Danish only). 

Teaching with Maple