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Title: Portuguese teachers' conceptions and practices on the History of Mathematics in teaching (7th to 12th grades)
Author: Martins, Ana P.
Pinto, Hélder
Gomes, Helena
Menezes, Luís
Keywords: History of Mathematics
Matematics teaching
Issue Date: 2023
Publisher: Edizioni Nuova Cultura - Roma
Abstract: This study, based on what are the international recommendations for the introduction of the History of Mathematics (HM) in the teaching of this discipline, seeks to describe the Portuguese reality. Thus, the study aims to know: (i) Teachers' training in HM; and (ii) their conceptions and practices about the use of HM in the classroom. An online questionnaire was answered by a group of 432 Portuguese Mathematics teachers of secondary education (7th-12th grades). Approximately half of the teachers considered their training in HM obtained in their higher education as frequent or solid. Almost all categorized as non-existent or reduced their continuous education in HM. Regarding the teachers' practice an overwhelming majority reports using HM as a didactic resource in Mathematics class and only about a third do it rarely. Teachers resorted more frequently to textbooks and problems with a historical context and favored the use of HM in the introduction to mathematical content. As for the potential of using HM in teaching, teachers evaluated the didactic potential of HM very positively. The biggest constraints were related to the extension of the official curricula, the difficulty of evaluation and the scarcity of support materials.
Peer review: yes
ISBN: 9788833656014
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HMG - Capítulo de livro

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