Humanizing Mathematics and Science Education: Promoting Discursive Meaning-making, Scientific Knowledge-building, and Technological Literacies

By Ana Maria Klein.

Published by The International Journal of Literary Humanities

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Within Theme 1 (Meaning and Communication) Strand 4: Communication outside the humanities, this paper makes a connection between The Humanities and Mathematics/Science Education, sharing how the use of the mathematical register leads to rich discursive practices allowing for dialogic interactions to inform the problem-solving process. It also shares how learning to make keen observations in the sciences backed by data-gathering and information-processing creates a strong platform for developing conjectural thinking, much needed in both disciplines. The problem-solving/problem-posing stance of both the mathematician and scientist, assisted by supportive technologies humanizes these sciences in an integrated fashion. Various new literacies are developed, such as numerical and scientific literacy, along with technological and consumer literacies.

Keywords: Humanistic Math/Science Integration Dialogic Interaction, Applicable Technologies

The International Journal of Literary Humanities, Volume 10, Issue 2, pp.15-19. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 321.405KB).

Dr. Ana Maria Klein

Associate Professor, Curriculum & Instruction College of Education, SUNY Fredonia, Fredonia, New York, USA

Dr. Klein is a McGill University graduate (2000) in Curriculum and Instruction. Dr. Klein is a mathematics and multicultural teacher-educator in the College of Education at SUNY Fredonia. Dr. Klein has developed Numeracy and Literacy programs in Western New York and is interested in integrating mathematics and science education and humanizing these as forms of literacy.