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Learning mathematics through new communication factors
A new European Commission funded project (Comenius MP)
running from November 2012 to October 2014


Many pupils as well as parents unfortunately consider mathematics as a difficult and boring subject.
Instead of studying mathematics (and other subjects) many pupils prefer to spend most of their time
watching TV programmes or playing electronic games or exchanging messages with their mobile
phone, exchanging pictures, exchanging videos, competing etc. One way to bring pupils back to the
“playing field” of education is to use similar tools (weapons) like the “opponents”, that is to
communicate the learning of mathematics in a non-traditional way, like a game through theatre or
competitions similar to the well-known X-Factor and other.
Many pupils claim that mathematics many times is abstract and therefore non-approachable, so this
proposal is using a completely different and new approach by inviting teachers and pupils to apply new
communication methods in learning mathematics, which could be fun and enjoyable at the same time.
The approach brings new ideas under “play and learn”.
This project intends to develop new methodologies in learning and teaching mathematics to pupils of
age 9-18, which can be used in any school environment. It will also make learning more attractive and
enjoyable for all pupils and will strengthen students’ skills for creative thinking. The methods could be
used for other subjects of the education curricula and for other ages.
The consortium partners are from universities, schools, math associations, foundations, theatre schools,
art schools and enterprises.
The project activities contribute to the Education and Training 2020 as it is enhancing creativity and
innovation among youth. It also contributes to the benchmark for decreasing low-achievers in basic
skills (mathematics and science) to 15%. It promotes the European Cooperation on schools in the area
of competences by supporting the key competence for mathematics.
The aim of this project is the development of methodology in teaching and learning mathematics with
the creation of two main tools that can be used by teachers. The methods will be created in such a way
so that they can be used in an in-service training course for teachers who teach mathematics to pupils
of age 9-18.
The two methods are:
A. MATHeatre: Teaching and learning mathematics through math theatre activities
B. MATH-Factor: Teaching and learning mathematics through mathematics communication activities
The new methods are expected to make mathematics more attractive to young people, teachers and
parents and are expected to compete with current trends of interest activities for young people of age 9-
The coordinating organization is the Cyprus Mathematical Society with other 12 partners from the
countries Cyprus, Greece, Bulgaria, Romania, Austria, Sweden, France, Spain, Czech Republic,
Belgium and Hungary.


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