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'Mathetica' - Mathetics

'Mathetics' is the science of learning, which first was written down by Johan Amos Comenius (1592-1670). He understood 'Mathetica' as the opposite of  'Didactics', the science of teaching. Today its topic is the relation between human being and information. It is involved in the selection of subject contents under the guideline for teaching aims. Mathetics considers and uses findings of current interest from pedagogical psychology, neurophysiology („neurodidactics“) and technology of information.

Didactics and Mathetics by Michael A. Anton

Didactics and mathetics are sciences of teaching and learning. Their topic is the relation between humanbeing and information. They are involved in the selection of subject contents under the guideline for teaching aims. They are both the institutional place, where modern societies have a good and critical look at the nature of processes concerning teaching subjects. They consider and use findings of current interest from pedagogical psychology, neurophysiology („neurodidactics“) and technology of information.

They are always coordinated to a subject science, as sciences of teaching and learning. They choose significant contents, and harmonise subject demands with different groups´ abilities and talents as well as with their requirements. Contents, forms and methods of lessons are linked to reproducible sequences of lesson units.

Their examination objects are planning, realisation and analysis of teaching and reporting. They describe the historical way of their subject, set up the principles of lessons and develop models of lessons. The didactics of a subject is the teacher’s science of profession and binding part of teacher training and in-service training for teachers. They make an essential contribution to development of didactic competence and with that to quality assurance of lessons on the way of reflection and evaluation of lesson results.

Subject didactics search for possibilities for objectivible rules within the processes of teaching and learning, of educating and self-educating. Both the sciences formulate practise relevant hypothesis. They examine them with their own methods of research. The gain of findings to continuous optimising of teacher training and education in schools and institutions like those are the aim of this research.

The results of didactic research (new forms and ways of illustration) serve to teachers and all people who make teaching of subject science and within the improvement of the ability to form an opinion in an emancipated society their business (journalists for sciences, experts of marketing, politicians, subject scientists and others) and are available to the interested public.

Besides didactics and mathetics have a political dimension, as they essentially serve to get enlightened equality and as result help members of democratic societies to get the freedom of choice and the sureness of decisions in order to have a lasting counteraction against emotionality and radicalism.

Roots: http://www.chemie.uni-muenchen.de/didaktik/visionen/vis_def.htm [10-28- 2003]