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Learning mathematics by project work in secondary school

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)107-132
Number of pages26
Journal LUMAT: International Journal on Math, Science and Technology Education
Volume8
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2020
Publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Abstract

In project-based learning, pupils have two central learning objectives: to understand the content of the subject and to develop their twenty-first-century skills. This article concerns the use of project work in mathematics learning, considered here in the context of the Finnish national core curriculum, mathematical proficiency and pupils’ previous level of attainment. The research consisted of two case studies in which a coordinate system project and a statistics project were tested with secondary school pupils (N=59+58). The main findings show it is possible to study the mathematics of the curriculum and to develop all types of mathematical proficiency using project work. Additionally, the pupils’ grades on the project work correlate positively with their overall grades in mathematics.

Publication forum classification

Field of science, Statistics Finland