The project "Developing Key Competences by Mathematics Education" (KeyCoMath) aims at the development of students' key competences in primary and secondary schools. Didactic concepts, teaching and learning material as well as corresponding assessment methods for mathematics education are developed, tested, evaluated and disseminated on the European level."KeyCoMath" uses the power of initial and in-service teacher education to put innovative pedagogical and didactical approaches into practice.
Key competences are necessary for all citizens for personal fulfilment, active citizenship, social inclusion and employability in a knowledge society. The project "KeyCoMath" develops, implements, and evaluates ways of working according to the "European Reference Framework of Key Competences for Lifelong Learning" in mathematics education. The activities concentrate on the following key competences (basic skills and transversal competences) in primary and secondary schools:
"KeyCoMath" promotes pupils' active, exploratory learning in open and rich situations to deepen their ability of mathematical thinking and to support the development of mathematical understanding.
"KeyCoMath" closely intertwines doing mathematics and communicating with others orally or in written form. Pupils are encouraged to talk about mathematics, to discuss ideas, to write down thoughts and reflections and to present results.
In "KeyCoMath" pupils work with learning environments that include digital media (e.g. spreadsheets, dynamic geometry, computer algebra). By working mathematically they develop a confident, critical and reflective attitude towards ICT.
"KeyCoMath" emphasises pupils' self-regulated and autonomous learning. Thus, they develop abilities to manage their learning (both individually and in groups), to evaluate their work and to seek advice and support when appropriate.
"KeyCoMath" fosters pupils' collaboration and communication. They cooperatively do mathematics, discuss ideas, present findings and have to understand different viewpoints to achieve common mathematical results.
"KeyCoMath" strengthens exploratory, inquiry-based learning in mathematics. Pupils are encouraged to be creative, proactive and to turn ideas into action. They develop abilities to plan, organise, and manage their work.
The project aims at innovations of mathematics education on the European level in four target areas.
"KeyCoMath" operates in four fields of activity:
Publications within the framework of "KeyCoMath":
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Prof. Dr. Volker Ulm
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