January 28, 2013 at 10:25 am

Faculty Forum: Are Asian Students Smarter in Mathematics Than Americans?

Dr. Louis Friedler, Professor of Mathematics, will present “Are Asian Students Smarter in Mathematics than Americans?” during the first Faculty Forum of 2013 on Thursday, Feb. 7, from 4 to 5 p.m. in the Castle Dining Room. Wine and cheese will be provided.

Every four years Americans compete with the world in athletics and also in mathematics. In the most recent TIMSS (Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study), the US ranked 9th out of 56 countries or systems in 8th grade mathematics while the top five were Singapore, Republic of Korea, Hong Kong, Taipei, and Japan. Yet the reality is more complicated than this result might indicate, as we shall discuss in this talk. We include a recent study by Arcadia faculty Louis Friedler and Ned Wolff with their Chinese colleagues comparing calculus performance in the US and China.

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