DEVELOPING MATHEMATICAL LITERACY IN LEISURE-BASED EDUCATION FROM THE PERSPECTIVE OF PROSPECTIVE TEACHERS
Palacký University, Faculty of Education (CZECH REPUBLIC)
About this paper:
Conference name: 15th annual International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation
Dates: 7-9 November, 2022
Location: Seville, Spain
Abstract:In this article, we deal with the views of students in teacher training programs on the development of mathematical literacy. We are interested in their relationship to mathematical literacy, readiness to develop the mathematical literacy of their future pupils, we find out where they see the greatest potential for developing mathematical literacy not only in compulsory school teaching, but possibly also outside the teaching process.
The article responds to the current requirement to focus mathematical education on the practical use of knowledge in everyday life, i.e., on mathematical literacy.
Leisure-based education forms an integral part of the lifelong learning process. It does not provide a degree, but deals with activities necessary for personal development, compensates for one-sided burdens from school, it has an educational, cultural, preventive, health (relaxation and regeneration) and social function. Leisure-based education takes place in school facilities, especially in leisure centers and school clubs.
The aim of the research survey conducted by members of the Department of Mathematics during the implementation of a project of the Faculty of Education, Palacký University Olomouc, Czech Republic, in 2022, was to find out the attitude of students towards the importance of developing mathematical literacy and to the fact that the development of mathematical literacy does not have to be tied only to mathematics lessons. Among other things, we investigated their orientation in resources for obtaining inspiration for the development of mathematical literacy and their interest in further education in this area.
Methodology employed a questionnaire survey to collect data collection for the planned research. Questionnaires were electronically distributed to students, prospective primary and lower secondary mathematics teachers, at the Faculty of Education. We received 125 responses. The data obtained from the questionnaire were analyzed and processed by statistical methods.
The results of the study show that all participating respondents consider it important to develop mathematical literacy in all children and youth. In addition to teaching in schools, especially in school clubs, most of course in mathematics, computer technology and technical, but also in science, sports, social science, music, and tourism clubs. However, the respondents see the greatest potential for the development of mathematical literacy in the care of gifted children and youth.
Keywords: Mathematical literacy, leisure-based education, prospective teachers, questionnaire.