Journal of Basic Education


2007.第16卷第1期(Vol. 16 No. 1).pp. 133–146


Introducing Mathematics History Into Primary One Mathematics Teaching – Implementation and Reflection

潘思敏(Jenny Sze-Man POON)





The aim of the present study is to investigate the implementation and effectiveness of introducing the history of mathematics into Primary One mathematics teaching through practice and reflection. The trial experiment provides us with inspiration for future similar teaching projects. A study was conducted in a Primary One class and relevant research data were collected through classroom observation and interviews. Analyses of data reveal that students showed interest in the history introduced and appreciated the contribution of our forefathers to mathematics. Such teaching also changed students' conception of mathematics. The following suggestions were made for future similar teaching projects: (1) to have a clear learning objective, (2) history material to be selected in accordance with students' ability and interest, and (3) the teacher should exercise his/her professional autonomy. Finally, teachers should be encouraged to re-think their roles to activate students' interest and passion for mathematics learning.