Riv. Mat. Univ. Parma, Vol. 14, No. 2, 2023

Eleonora Barelli [a], Berta Barquero [b] and Laura Branchetti [c]

Questioning the evolution of the pandemic in an interdisciplinary way: the design of a Study and Research Path for pre-service Teacher Education

Pages: 333-353
Received: 1 June 2022
Accepted in revised form: 28 April 2023
Mathematics Subject Classification: 97M10, 97B50, 97D80.
Keywords: Interdisciplinarity, Anthropological Theory of the Didactic, pre-service teacher education, modelling, COVID-19.
Authors address:
[a]: Department of Physics and Astronomy "Augusto Righi", Alma Mater Studiorum - University of Bologna, Bologna, Italy
[b]: Department of Linguistic and Literary Education, and Teaching and Learning of Experimental Sciences and of Mathematics, Universitat de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain
[c]: Department of Mathematics "Federigo Enriquez", University of Milan, Milan, Italy

This research was supported by IDENTITIES project, funded with the support of the European Union and the Italian National Agency within the framework of the Erasmus+ Programme (Grant Agreement n. 2019-1- IT02-KA203- 063184)

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Abstract: In this paper, we present the main objectives, the framework and one example of a module developed within IDENTITIES, an Erasmus+ project for higher education addressing the general goal to innovate mathematics, physics, and computer science pre-service teacher education in an interdisciplinary direction. The design of the module we present, on the topic of modelling the evolution of the pandemic, is grounded on the proposal of the study and research paths for teacher education (SRP-TE), but, since the goals of the activities were oriented to trigger questions and meta reflections about interdisciplinarity, the development of the module itself induced an evolution also in the SRP-TE structure and tools. The present analysis shows the main innovations made to properly deal with interdisciplinary aspects of the topic and the critical issues that emerged when the paradigm of "questioning the world" was applied to a topic at the boundary between different disciplines.

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