Recreational Mathematics - Only For Fun?
2015 (English)In: Journal of Humanistic Mathematics, ISSN 2159-8118, Vol. 5, no 1, 121-138 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
In this paper, I explore recreational mathematics from two perspectives. I first study how the concept appears in educational policy documents such as standards, syllabi, and curricula from a selection of countries to see if and in what way recreational mathematics can play a part in school mathematics. I find that recreational mathematics can be a central part, as in the case of India, but also completely invisible, as in the standards from USA. In the second part of the report, I take an educational historical approach. I observe that throughout history, recreational mathematics has been an important tool for learning mathematics. Recreational mathematics is then both a way of bringing pleasure and a tool for learning mathematics. Can it also be a tool for social empowerment?
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. Vol. 5, no 1, 121-138 p.
Research subject Utbildning och lärande
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:du-15767DOI: 10.5642/jhummath.201501.07OAI: oai:DiVA.org:du-15767DiVA: diva2:747565