NIAS Wednesday Discussion: "Pre-University Math: Back to the Future?” by Shailaja D Sharma, Lecture Hall at 0930 hrs

NIAS Wednesday Discussion
"Pre-University Math: Back to the Future?”
Speaker: Shailaja D SharmaAdjunct Faculty, NIAS
Chairperson:    Nithin Nagaraj, Assistant Professor, Consciousness Studies Programme, NIAS
Date & Time: 27th July 2016, 0930 hrs
Venue: Lecture Hall, NIAS
All are cordially invited
Abstract: Modern math curriculum at the pre-University level contains a body of concepts that has been studied for over two millennia. The representation of these concepts in ancient literature and modern high school curricula offers an interesting subject for comparative study.
In this talk, the speaker makes some comparisons between an Indian and a Western high school math programme, in terms of curriculum, pedagogy and goals. The speaker then juxtaposes some problems and statements from Indian Ganita literature, with contemporary pre-University course contents. The speaker wishes to provoke a discussion on whether math pedagogy is in some respects coming a full circle, and whether resources from our past might help us move forward in this domain.
About the Speaker: The speaker returned to academics after a 25-year absence, during which she held senior positions in the corporate and social development sectors, working within organizations such as the World Bank and Royal Dutch Shell plc. She was drawn back to the field of mathematics and math education by her chance encounters with Ganita literature. She is now an itinerant mathematics teacher, based in Bengaluru, and an adjunct at NIAS.
Wednesday, July 27, 2016