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Suzanne Alejandre

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Registered: 12/3/04
Discussions - Mathematics Education in China
Posted: Feb 26, 2001 9:15 AM
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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:

http://mathforum.com/discussions/about/mathchinaquestions.html

The questions are difficult, but Zhang's committee must address them.

These discussion groups will be a bit different from our normal ones
in that

1. they will be active only until the end of May, when Prof. Zhang
returns to China and other duties will make it difficult for him to
participate, and

2. although they will be readable by everyone, participants must
agree to abide by some very modest rules:

http://mathforum.com/discussions/about/mathchinarules.html

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.

Sincerely,
Suzanne Alejandre





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