Special Issue "Fermi Problems in Mathematics and Science Education"
A special issue of Education Sciences (ISSN 2227-7102).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 July 2023) | Viewed by 7407
Interests: mathematical education; teacher training; mathematical modelling; affectivity and talent
Fermi problems (also known as Fermi questions or back-of-envelope problems) have been used since the mid-20th century at all levels of education (from primary school to university) for a number of different pedagogical purposes in various fields of knowledge. Enrico Fermi used them in his physics classes to show to students the potential of estimation in promoting efficient laboratory work. They have also been used, however, in other scientific disciplines (chemistry or biology), as well as mathematics, engineering, computer science, and economics.
Subsequently, they have been used as activities to promote mathematical modeling, to develop number sense in different scientific disciplines, to promote critical thinking, to support the decision-making and planning phases in engineering processes, to identify good problem solvers in professional selection processes, or as a way of dealing with the first stages of product development when entrepreneurs evaluate the commercial viability of new commodities to teach how to identify
However, despite this variety of pedagogical uses, research on Fermi problems is scarce, since in the literature, one can find multiple recommendations for their use but few studies, and they are disconnected from each other, without any construction of knowledge based on previous research.
Against this background, this Special Issue calls for all kinds of research articles, both empirical and theoretical, as well as examples of novel uses that highlight the potential of Fermi problems in different disciplines and educational levels.
Dr. Irene Ferrando Palomares
Dr. Lluís Albarracín
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- Fermi problem
- mathematics education
- science education