Applying Mathematics in Interdisciplinary Studies [IDS]


Nanyang Girls’ High School’s Interdisciplinary Studies [IDS] for Secondary One students were designed to enable students to begin to deliberate and solve real world problems using the knowledge, skills and thinking taught in various disciplines/subjects from languages and the humanities to maths, science, art and music. This curriculum is innovative in using concepts to ensure connections in students’ learning. The focus of the interdisciplinary studies was on sustainable living. Students were tasked to look into the basic needs of food and shelter through Gardens to Table and the Built Environment. They used Design Thinking to scaffold their thoughts and reflections as well as to create a prototype. The presentation will focus on how the Mathematics teachers designed their lessons in the IDS through collaboration with colleagues from other disciplines. Mathematical concepts were weaved into the themes of food and shelter by connecting them with science, history, geography and food studies. An alternative assessment using their prototype was crafted to create an authentic scenario for students to exhibit their skills and knowledge in mensuration and scales. This allowed the school to make students' learning relevant and authentic and to show meaningful connections within the discipline and across disciplines.

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Christina Lye, Nanyang Girls' High School, Singapore
Choon Juen Sam, Nanyang Girls' High School, Singapore

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Conference: ACEID2017
Stream: Education for interdisciplinary thinking

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