Perspectives on Mathematics and Science (SCE4194/MAE4394)

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Perspectives on Mathematics and Science (SCE4194/MAE4394)
Multicultural Mathematics or Science Paper
You will be required to write a paper of at least 2000 words (not including references) that addresses at least two historic perspectives that have influenced the teaching and learning of mathematics and science. These historic perspectives can draw on important mathematicians/scientists, texts, scientific norms, cultural practices, religious movements, and other socio-cultural influences on the development of knowledge. The paper will not only document these perspectives with evidence but also detail how they have influenced modern mathematics and science education.
Your final paper should include:
Abstract. A brief written summary of the topic, two historic perspectives, and connection to modern mathematics or science education (maximum 150 words)
Introduction. Summary of the perspectives the paper will discuss and why they are important for math and science as well as education.
Two Historic Perspectives • Each perspective should include discussion of cultural context (e.g. cultural influences such as beliefs/practices of the scientific community, connections to social networks/power, financial resources, driving motivations, or other relevant issues) • Each perspective should include details about the relevant mathematics or science content and how it was advanced
Comparison/contrast of the perspectives • The perspectives presented should be compared/contrasted for similarities/differences. This can include similarities/differences in the content itself (e.g. between theories) and/or the cultural contexts in which the content emerged (e.g. how communities/society influenced scientists’ contributions).
Connection to mathematics and science education • The paper should describe why the perspectives presented are important for math and science education beyond the content. In other words, it is not enough to say that the perspectives allowed us to teach more “accurate” scientific ideas. How might the perspectives have changed what it means to do science/math, how we practice science/math, what counts as science/math, etc.? How has this translated into our teaching of math and science?
Conclusion. Summary of main points regarding the perspectives presented. In other words, the main points you want readers to remember if they do not remember anything else.
References. A list of at least 4 references in APA style. All of the references listed must be cited in the body of the paper where they were used

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