ERIC Number: EJ1105583
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 22
Hua Loo-Keng and the Movement of Popularizing Mathematics in the People's Republic of China
Richard, Jean W.
Journal of Mathematics Education at Teachers College, v1 n2 p22-27 Fall-Win 2010
This paper examines the mathematical and teaching practices of the renowned self-taught Chinese mathematician Hua Loo-keng in the movement of popularizing mathematics in the People's Republic of China. In this movement, Hua Loo-keng taught industrial workers and peasants with a low level of education how to use fairly advanced mathematical methods in their workplace (agriculture, transportation, or industry). This paper explores the mathematical concepts that Hua Loo-keng taught the workers and farmers and how they applied them in their workplace. An important element in the movement of popularizing mathematics in the People's Republic of China is the non-traditional methods by which Hua Loo-keng taught the workers and farmers.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Mathematics Instruction, Teaching Methods, Mathematical Concepts, Industry, Employees, Semiskilled Workers, Educational History, Agricultural Occupations, Transportation
Program in Mathematics and Education, Teachers College, Columbia University. 525 West 120th Street Box 210-M, New York, NY 10027. Web site: http://www.tc.columbia.edu/jmetc
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Identifiers - Location: China