Hvorecky Linz 2009

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Using a Managerial Analogy for Making Mathematics More Attractive Jozef Hvorecký Vysoká škola manažmentu, Bratislava, Slovakia University of Liverpool Liverpool, UK
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Mathematics is not a popular subject Why? Pupils and students are equally intelligent as before Mathematics teachers are trying hard The attitude is long-lasting What do we do wrong? 2
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Motto : In mathematics you don't understand things. You just get used to them. Johann von Neumann (1903 - 1957) We used to think that if we knew one we knew two because one and one are two. We are finding that we must learn a great deal more about „two“. Sir Arthur Eddington (1882 - 1944) 3
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A Management L esson: If a Product Becomes Less P opular, Modernize I t Internal method: Improve quality of internal processes Relates to: Research in teaching methodologies Considered: Frequently External method: Respond to the client’s needs Relates to: Understanding Mathematics as a service to public Considered: Rarely 4
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Teaching Mathematics as a Form of Business Will Mathematics follow the destiny of Latin ? Business persistency depends on: Accountability and responsiveness to the community Opening channels for information exchange with its environment Build loyalty of your clients Implications for Mathematics teachers: Identify its „market value“ Invite people to share your and their visions Form their personal ties to Mathematics 5
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When Do We Learn and How?
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