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September 16, 2014
THE FIELDS INSTITUTE FOR RESEARCH IN MATHEMATICAL SCIENCES

FIELDS MATHED FORUM MEETING AGENDA
THEME:
Cultural Differences in Ways of Doing (and Teaching) Mathematics

February 26, 2011 at 10AM – 2PM
Fields Institute, 222 College Street, Toronto

MORNING PROGRAM:
10:00 a.m. - 10:10 a.m.
Reports: OAME, OMCA, OCMA, CMS, and other.

10:10 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Cecilia Kutas (Lecturer, U of T Chemistry; Doctoral Student OISE/UT): Math education in Hungary, K-4
Presentation

SHORT DESCRIPTION: A PowerPoint presentation will give an overview of goals, pedagogies and classroom culture in K-4 math as practised in Hungarian schools. Access will be provided to workbooks, text books, teacher handbooks, and staple manipulatives (cuisenaire rods and logic tiles) used by children in Hungary.

10:40 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Priscilla Bengo (Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, OISE/UT): Doing mathematics from the Chinese and Tamil perspectives

SHORT DESCRIPTION: Newton (2007) for example, stressed the importance of including cultural beliefs in efforts to improve math and science education in the US. Newton argued that cultural beliefs about mathematics and how it should be taught will have a great impact on how reform efforts such as new curricula or teaching methods "will work in practice"(p. 4). For instance, "in contrast to the United States, some societies place greater emphasis on effort than on ability"(p.4). Newton's advice should be considered in Ontario, Canada as well. Ontario has recently undergone mathematics reforms in elementary and secondary schools that focus on teaching and learning in mathematics. This session shows the ways that cultural beliefs about mathematics and how it should be taught can shape what actually occurs in the classroom.

11:10 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Panel: Cultural differences in ways of doing (and teaching) mathematics.
Panellists: Abbas Bhatti, Induja Mahathantila, & Dagmar Musilova (York University)

The panellists will describe their experiences from different levels of schooling in Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Czech Republic.

12 p.m. -1:00 p.m. LUNCH BREAK
(Light refreshments provided)

1:00 p.m. 2:00 p.m.
Discussion

 


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