NEXT GENERATION CLASSROOM AS AN INSTRUMENT FOR MOTIVATION IN MATHEMATICS
, M. Uhlířová2
1Palacky University in Olomouc, Faculty of Education (CZECH REPUBLIC)
2Palacky University in Olomouc (CZECH REPUBLIC)
The paper presents new generation classroom models that could be useful for motivation in mathematics at primary and secondary school. It has been shown a number of times that challenging and encouraging environment has direct influence on pupil´s motivation for learning. When teaching, teachers have been constantly facing a problem of how to make mathematics more interesting to pupils. It is closely link to pedagogical constructivism principles which emphasises pupils’ own building of set of experience, which is generally seen as non-transferable. Even though this building process results from the obtained information, it is conditioned by the cognitive preconceptions of pupils. Therefore we have to give pupils chance and space to develop co-operative and creative thinking in an adequate classroom environment. There pupils are given a chance to experiment and discover resulting in the feelings of success and joy. Implementing constructivist approaches is not trivial, as this requires conditions, which encourage and support pupils’s activity.
Accordingly these principles there is a simple basic assumption that next generation classroom could be suitable tool for teacher in mathematics lessons - once the teacher has been successful, the constructivist cognitive process of the pupils has been started – the pupils start creating their own images and building their own structure of pieces of knowledge. The pupils’ internal world becomes a place where comprehension processes take place, images occur and concepts crystallize. There is mostly widespread one typical classroom arrangement in Czech Republic at primary and secondary school which is not often very inspiring for pupils. Therefore this paper is trying to find ways and possibilities how to change this common state by using new generation classroom principles (using ICT technology, project based arrangements etc.)