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Title: Educating Mathematics and Science Students in Urban USA and Sub-Saharan Africa - Lessons Learned and Future Challenges
Authors: Friedman, Edward
Keywords: Integrating Mathematics and Science Education
Interactive-white-boards Technology
Educating-the-educators Model
Collaborative Learning
Mastery-based Learning
Issue Date: 2015
Publisher: Institute of Mathematics and Informatics Bulgarian Academy of Sciences
Citation: Serdica Journal of Computing, Vol. 9, No 3-4, (2015), 207p-222p
Abstract: This essay focuses on the challenges of implementing effective mathematics and science programs in in secondary schools in urban America and Sub-Saharan Africa. A successful approach for meeting these challenges is considered which has first been introduced by the New Jersey Center for Teaching and Learning. This approach is based on maximizing the connections between mathematics and science, on developing an open-source software containing the entire curriculum and loading it into a SMART board computer. Integral to the methodology used is the presentation of questions with multiple choice answers. The technology implemented enables students to see the distribution of their answers (without seeing the correct one), and the teacher engages them in discussion and debates about the merits of various answers. The success of the educating-the-educators model supported by the implementation of the SMART system in both urban America and in The Gambia provides a model that can be replicated in diverse settings, and thus should be of interest to the world community of mathematics and science educators. ACM Computing Classification System (1998): K.3.1.
ISSN: 1312-6555
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