Mathematics Research

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Chapter 1

THE PROBLEM AND ITS SCOPE

Introduction

Teaching mathematics in an entrepreneurial way based from testimonies of experts can help young people to become successful learners, confident individuals, responsible citizens, and effective contributors to society and at work. With this, mathematics makes a major contribution to preparing young people for work through developing skills, most notably in numeracy, business related aspects, and problem solving. There are numerous opportunities to link with industry in fields such as construction, engineering, finance, retail, and market research. Enterprise in education includes knowledge and understanding of the world of work and career planning and opportunities to engage in entrepreneurial activities, as well as the `development of enterprising attitudes and skills which enable young people to become successful learners, confident individuals, responsible citizens and effective contributors to society throughout life and at work, with an informed sense of their roles in the world. This has evolved from earlier definitions of enterprise education, which was commonly interpreted as enterprise activity. Pupils are also helped to develop those personal qualities and leadership skills essential for the world of work (Ramsey, 2004). Through enterprising activities in their mathematics experiences, both in and out of the classroom, they may be given opportunities to demonstrate leadership, initiative, determination, confidence and responsibility. Teaching entrepreneurship within mathematics can also develop positive attitudes to teamwork, to continuing education and training, to equal opportunities, and to the views, skills, capabilities and capacities of others. Enterprise activities with social goals, where outcomes not only benefit others but also encourage a sense of responsibility to the community and society as a whole, help young people to understand the connections between enterprise and active citizenship (Bouchhiki, 2003). It is undisputable that education is an arena of human life where virtually everyone believes they understand the problems and also know the solutions. Perhaps it is because we are all products of educational systems and reflect back on things we liked, those we didn’t, and changes that we believe would have mattered for us. We can also look beyond our own personal opinions to those of educational experts. Thus, this study will set out simple aims which are the concerned with the values on equipping students to meet the challenges of life, developing general knowledge and common sense, learning how to be discriminating in use of knowledge-- that is to know what knowledge is appropriate to use for what purposes, integrating what is learned with the whole being, arousing attention, and interest in the field of knowledge so it will be mastered in a worthy way. Further, there are also increasing numbers of individuals need to be able to think for themselves in a constantly changing environment, particularly as technology is making larger quantities of information easier to access and to manipulate. They also need to be able to adapt to unfamiliar or unpredictable situations more easily than people needed to in the past. Teaching mathematics in an entrepreneurial way encompasses skills and functions which are a part of everyday life like understanding economic indicators, understanding loan repayments, and calculating whether the cheapest item is the best buy. It is likewise practical to present a problem and develop the skills needed to solve that problem and is more motivational than teaching the skills without a context. It allows the students to see a reason for learning the mathematics, and hence to become more deeply involved in learning it. Teaching mathematics in a unique way can enhance logical reasoning, helping people to be able to decide what rule, if any, a situation requires,...
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