Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile: UC Faculty of Education and Future School Library are awarded a fund to promote learning


Encourage and promote projects, programs and actions of literary creation and the promotion of reading, are some of the objectives of the Book and Reading Fund granted by the Ministry of Cultures, Arts and Heritage , which this year favored to the UC School of Education and Future School Library (BEF) with about six million pesos to edit, publish, distribute and disseminate the book “Mathematics also count. Selection of works to orchestrate mathematical-literary learning opportunities ”.

The publication will consist of a selection of various works of children’s literature that will support the work of teachers and cultural mediators who work with children, mainly in early childhood. The objective of this guide is to generate new learning opportunities through a link between mathematics and literature.

The team, made up of teachers, collaborators and students from the UC campuses of the Metropolitan Region and Villarrica, reviewed nearly 300 children’s literary works and selected 60 for their value in the development of mathematical skills and concepts.

Regarding the importance of the award of this fund for the UC, the professor of the Department of Didactics of the UC Faculty of Education and who leads the project, Francisco Rojas, points out that “this publication allows us to specify an educational line little addressed in our country and Latin America. The opportunity to contribute with this type of research reinforces the commitment that the Faculty of Education has had with the continuous improvement of its training programs, as well as reflections on the practices that we promote in university and school teaching. “In addition, points out that “this award shows that the UC promotes interdisciplinary and inter-institutional work, which is demonstrated through the work carried out by Biblioteca Escolar Futuro in the development of this project.”

“The opportunity to contribute with this type of research reinforces the commitment of the Faculty of Education with the continuous improvement of its training programs” – Francisco Rojas, academic at the Faculty of Education UC

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Educational communities benefited
The printed publication will be distributed free of charge among the schools that are part of the BEF network and the practice centers of the Faculty of Education and the Villarrica UC Campus, as well as among reading mediators and other actors that promote books and reading. . In parallel, it will also be available for free digital download on various UC platforms.

Regarding the impact that the publication could have on the different educational communities that will benefit, Rojas is optimistic. “We hope that, from our work, each and all of these educational and cultural actors can experience a much closer and more authentic relationship with mathematics, increase their reading corpus and, above all, enjoy works of art in a context interdisciplinary”.

Future School Library
One of the main objectives of the UC Library Program is to support teacher training in various areas of learning and the school curriculum.

“Participating in this collaborative work with teachers Francisco Rojas and Maili Ow from the UC School of Education and the entire team that accompanies them seems very interesting and significant. Through this innovative research on the links between mathematics and literature for first readers, we will be able to foster interdisciplinary spaces among our educational communities that do not always occur in school and that are enriching for the work of teachers and for the learning process of girls, boys and young people and that makes us very happy, ”said Claudia Olavarría, general coordinator of Biblioteca Escolar Futuro.

“Through this innovative research on the links between mathematics and literature for first readers, we will be able to foster interdisciplinary spaces among our educational communities that do not always exist in school” – Claudia Olavarría, general coordinator of the Future School Library.

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