Università degli Studi di Padova

Opening Day of the Doctoral School and “Mathematical modeling in primary school: an example of research in Math Education”

Wednesday 7 October 2020 h. 15:00 - Room 1AD100 or Zoom - Simone Passarella (Dipartimento di Matematica “Tullio Levi-Civita”)

Our first seminar of A.Y. 2020/2021 will be held on October 7th at 16:00 as a special event in the Opening Day of the Doctoral School starting at 15:00 in room 1AD100 or online.


Introducing the distributivity property of multiplication over addition is a well-known challenge in Mathematics Education, especially in primary school. In this seminar, after a brief introduction to the research field of Mathematics Education, the results of a cycle of design research in which 2nd-grade students are introduced to the key concept of distributivity of multiplication over addition are described. The focus will be in showing how the heuristics of didactical phenomenology, guided reinvention and emergent modelling may guide the design and implementation of a modelling activity to make distributivity property more accessible for primary school students.

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