Promoting Effective Teaching, Learning And Application Of Mathematics Through Laboratory Activities

1Godwin Gemma Apav

2Benjamin Tarvershima Ako


1Department of Mathematics,

College of Education, Katsina-Ala

2Department of Integrated Science,

College of Education, Katsina-Ala

This article points out the divergent views of mathematicians on the concept of mathematics. Nevertheless, the fact remains that mathematics is vital to the existence of individuals as well as the society at large. In order to enhance effective teaching, learning and application of mathematics in our daily activities, the article advocates the use of recently developed methods of teaching the subject such as laboratory method, project method, problem solving method which emphasize the development and utilization of techniques of teaching and assessment based on individualized observation of pupils in concepts understanding and application. The article therefore considers laboratory method of teaching mathematics at 0’level to enhance its application to technology. The case of basket weaving is considered. Four stages of weaving a basket which teach the application of concepts such as “right angle”, “ratio”, “pattern”, “circularity” and “shape” (a hemisphere) to the pupils at 0’level of education have been explained. The article finally emphasizes the use of laboratory method since it encourages the application of mathematics in real life and enhances conceptual understanding and reduction of abstract nature of mathematics.

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