n Learning and Teaching Mathematics - Discovering Pythagoras' Theorem through guided re-invention

Volume 2007, Issue 5
  • ISSN : 1990-6811


The current Senior Phase mathematics curriculum guidelines compel educators to afford learners the opportunity to explore mathematical aspects on their own. In a way that enhances learning, they should be allowed to experience how mathematical findings, theorems, axioms, etc were arrived at by past mathematicians. This, however, seldom happens, either because educators feel learners may not be able to adequately deal with it on their own, or educators themselves do not know how to go about it, or because this kind of activity would slow the pace considering the loaded curriculum. In this regard educators need content that lends itself to be used in this way, and they need guidance as to how to facilitate situations in which this teaching methodology is used.

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