The aim of this paper is to investigate the potential power of mathematics in a socially difficult environment, as a high-security prison. More, we ask whether mathematics can enhance social skills (ethic skills, in particular), not only in prisoners: we present a mathematical experimentation involving prisoners, as those who, by means of mathematics, first learn ethic skills and then teach ethic skills to people from outside the prison, with a methodology we call “Mathem-Ethics”. The theoretical framework we work with is Horizontal Teaching, which provides a way to learn for both learners and teachers. We briefly discuss some results of the experimentation, in terms of its efficacy on people from inside and outside the prison.

Mathem-Ethics in prison: how mathematics can enhance social skills

Ferrarello D.
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Mammana M. F.
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Abstract

The aim of this paper is to investigate the potential power of mathematics in a socially difficult environment, as a high-security prison. More, we ask whether mathematics can enhance social skills (ethic skills, in particular), not only in prisoners: we present a mathematical experimentation involving prisoners, as those who, by means of mathematics, first learn ethic skills and then teach ethic skills to people from outside the prison, with a methodology we call “Mathem-Ethics”. The theoretical framework we work with is Horizontal Teaching, which provides a way to learn for both learners and teachers. We briefly discuss some results of the experimentation, in terms of its efficacy on people from inside and outside the prison.
Mathematics education, ethics, social change, horizontal teaching.
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