The present publication comprises a collection of articles by the participants in the Russian-American workshop "Current Issues in Mathematics Education," which took place on November 18-20, 2016 in New York. The workshop was organized with support from the Eurasia Foundation in the form of a grant presented to the Moscow State Pedagogical University and Teachers College, Columbia University. Participants in the workshop included faculty from both institutions, as well as invited guests and colleagues, and doctoral and masters students of Teachers College, Columbia University. The collection opens with an introduction by A.P. Karp, followed by the articles in alphabetical order. Articles written in Russian were translated into English for this publication (conversely, for the Russian edition, articles originally in English were translated into Russian.)
The materials presented here mirror to a large extent the events of the workshop. They cannot, however, capture the extensive discussions of the papers and the problems they raised, which followed each of the presentations. A video recording of the workshop is available for those interested in that aspect of the proceedings. At the same time, publication of the papers delivered by the principal participants will likewise permit the reader to follow the discussion, as it were, by tracing the similarities and differences in the specific problems encountered in either country. To be sure, the issues named and discussed here do not make up an exhaustive list. Mathematics education today faces a host of challenges, and ideas concerning their origins and remedies are just as numerous. We must continue the discussion, facing head-on the difficulties and setbacks. Neither shall we attempt to isolate ourselves from the experiences of other nations, but rather try to use those experiences to our advantage wherever possible. It is our hope that the materials presented here will prove useful in that regard.
We would like to extend our sincere thanks to Julia DeButts, Sergey Levchin and Juliana Fullon for their assistance in organizing the workshop and preparing the materials for publication.
Reflecting on the Current Issues in Mathematics Education
MathKit and Math Practicum
Vladimir N. Dubrovsky, Vladimir A. Bulychev
Making Cultural Change
Using Technology in Mathematics Education
Mathematical Education in Russia: Modern Approaches to Math Teacher Preparation
Sergei A. Polikarpov
Implementation of the Conceptual Framework for Russian Mathematical Education
Aleksey L. Semenov
Goals and Challenges of Mathematical Olympiads of Today: Science, Sport, University Admission, or Status?
Vladimir Z. Sharich
Mathematical Research Problems in Russian Schools
Dmitry E. Shnol
Some Political, Sociological, and Cultural Issues Related to Mathematics Teaching and Learning in the United States
Erica N. Walker
The Dilemma of Advanced Mathematics: Instructional Approaches for Secondary Mathematics Teacher Education
Nicholas H. Wasserman
Notes on Contributors