Speed's saddest sequel

This particular article provides teachers with a vast array of opportunities to explore many Mathematical competencies whilst addressing real life issues of vital importance in developing an awareness of the road toll. It explores concepts such as percentages, averages, interpretation of graphs /construction of graphs and basic mathematical procedures. Thus, all of these issues hold potential to be included in a way within the classroom which assists in student learning based upon real life data.

This article allows students to develop an understanding of mathematics, which moves outside of the classroom into the social world. Thus, it allows students to make connections between their own world and the world of mathematics. As a result the boundaries, which seem to segregate Mathematics, are broken down, and the mathematics becomes more relevant and less isolated.

The question in which students make predictions as to whether death rates on Tasmanian roads will increase or decrease in the next five years highlights an open ended approach to the article. It allows students to make predictions using mathematical figures and thus to form an opinion based on these predictions This approach could be extended throughout many KLA'S such as English, SOSE, and Drama focussing on such issues as speeding, drink driving and general road awareness.

(Written by Monique Sparkes, BTeach student, University of Tasmania, 2001)

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