Empowering Students as Active Citizens through Mathematics Education: Principles for Developing Engaging and Interdisciplinary Tasks (73927)

Session Information: Interdisciplinary, Multidisciplinary & Transdisciplinary Education
Session Chair: Aki Yamada

Thursday, 23 November 2023 09:50
Session: Session 1
Room: Room 605
Presentation Type: Oral Presentation

All presentation times are UTC + 9 (Asia/Tokyo)

In this rapidly changing world, a growing concern for environmental sustainability (Barwell, 2020) has become one of the focal points for research, including mathematics education research. As we continue to navigate an increasingly volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous (VUCA) world, we face new challenges. Taguma (2018) stressed that learners in the future need to exercise agency to actively participate in any activity directed towards the betterment of society. What better way for learners to acquire agency than through school mathematics curricula? However, given the designed tasks for school mathematics in the Philippines, learners remain ill-equipped to go beyond awareness of environmental issues. Through the Erasmus+ Project “Act as Youth Leader”, the Modern Bahay Kubo Program was developed to encourage students to actively participate in the community through modern-day backyard farming. Using design science, mathematical tasks were developed and implemented to 48 Grade 7 students in CALABARZON Region, Philippines. Although the study showed encouraging results, several challenges have been identified and hence, five principles were formulated to guide mathematics teachers in developing tasks that would effectively enable students to become active, responsible, and engaged citizens. The five principles are: (1) Task design should take into account interdisciplinarity; (2) Implementation of the designed tasks should go beyond the school community; (3) Technology integration in the designed tasks should allow students to simulate tasks; (4) Designed tasks should be meaningful and not superficial or artificial; (5) Designed tasks should allow a seamless transition from a non-formal perspective to a more structured mathematical conception.

Angel Mae Ombid, Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines
Dennis Lee Jarvis Ybañez, University of the Philippines Open University, Philippines
Catherine Vistro-Yu, Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines

About the Presenter(s)
Ms Angel Mae Ombid is a University Postgraduate Student at Ateneo de Manila University in Philippines

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Last updated: 2023-02-23 23:45:00