Dianzhou Zhang, Professor of Mathematics, East China Normal University, Shanghai, is co-chair of a committee whose charge is to redesign high school mathematics education in all of China. Professor Zhang sees advantages to the traditional Chinese approach, but also advantages to ideas from Western mathematics education. He is seeking a balance between the two.
Professor Zhang will be in this country until May and would like to discuss various questions with mathematicians and mathematics educators from the elementary to the university level. The Math Forum has created a discussion group for his questions as one way of facilitating this:
Professor Zhang came to the United States as part of a faculty exchange between East China Normal University and Arcadia University (Beaver College). Faculty from Arcadia's Mathematics Department hope to return to China in Spring 2002 with several of their mathematics majors.
We hope that you can join in if you have thoughts to share.