Provost to Participate in International Math Study

Whittier College News Release

For Immediate Release - March 13, 1998
Media Contact: Judy Browning (562) 907-4216
Reference: 97-98/84


Richard S. Millman, provost and dean of the faculty at Whittier College, is one of just five Americans invited to participate in the International Commission on Mathematics Instruction (ICMI) workshop April 19-26 in Marseilles, France.

ICMI was set up to study the role of the history of mathematics in the teaching and learning of mathematics, Millman said. The 72 commission members will be working toward a report that will be published in time for the year 2000 meeting of the International Congress in Mathematics Education in Japan.

Commission members will construct the study book by surveying and assessing the present state of the field, providing resources for teachers and researchers, indicating lines of future research, and giving guidance and information to policy makers about issues relating to the use of history in pedagogy.

Millman will participate in two areas of the study -- the bearing of recent understandings of the historical development of mathematics on educational curricular policy, and the use of original sources in the mathematics classroom.

The meeting will be held on the campus of the University of Marseilles at the Centre International de Recontres Mathematiques, the home of the Association Mathematique de France.

Located 18 miles east of Los Angeles, Whittier College is an independent, four-year college offering traditional liberal arts majors and strong pre-professional programs taught in the context of the liberal arts. Whittier Law School, which is accredited by the American Bar Association and the Association of American Law Schools, is located on a separate campus in Costa Mesa.

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