Learning Epidemic through Ages using Mathematics (LS-GR-627)

In this learning scenario, students were asked to work on a statistical representation of Covid-19 across time and space mobilizing both their mathematical and historical knowledge, process data and information from primary sources, both textual and visual, study graphs and maps, combine and compare elements. Furthermore, being motivated by the interdisciplinarity of teaching mathematics based on the digital cultural heritage of Europeana resources, students are guided to create posters based on the history of pandemics, that express the progression of medicine. This learning scenario was implemented using the methodology of a flipped classroom for ages 14-16.

Integration into the Curriculum

This learning scenario can be integrated into the curriculum of the subject of statistics in the secondary school in all classes (1st, 2nd, 3rd) and in history as an extension.

Aim of the Learning Scenario

This interdisciplinary lesson aims at:

  • Motivating students to search for information and get knowledge about cultural heritage through the Europeana portal,
  • Developing students’ creativity and innovation, flexibility and adaptability and problem-solving skills, and,
  • teach tomorrow’s citizens to be competent and critical users of the statistical information that overwhelms us and the conclusions that are often drawn.

The Outcomes of the Learning Scenario

  • Students implement mathematical knowledge to learn about cultural heritage for pandemics.
  • Students develop positive motivation, self-confidence, focus on the positive aspects of experiences, patience and perseverance in dealing with any mathematical situation.

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CC BY 4.0: the featured image used to illustrate this article has been found on Europeana and has been provided by the Wellcome Collection.

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