Bridging gaps between mathematics and the classroom
Professor Fidel Nemenzo
University of the Philippines
How do we bridge, in our own small ways, the divide between mathematics research and mathematics education? Maths researchers and educators are seldom involved or interested in each other’s activities. Mathematicians hardly read up on the latest ideas and innovations in teaching. On the other hand, many mathematics educators too, show little interest in mathematics as growing and vibrant area of research. Today the gap between the ‘two cultures’ takes place within a more general problem: the fragmentation of learning, brought about by specialization and the different languages we speak. In this talk, I will convey the message that mathematicians and mathematics educators should work together to promote an understanding and appreciation of mathematics as a language, tool and a way of seeing that continues to grow and transform our world. I will also give a personal account of what I have learned, as a mathematician, about teaching, and how my own practice of mathematics and my experiences as a teacher have changed, and continue to change my view of mathematics.