Using Culture to Teach Math--KCPW CityViews

09 January 2013
Published in Science and Society
Written by  Jennifer Napier-Pearce
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KCPW CityViews

Teaching kids how to do math involves more than just manipulating figures and formulas. Education professor Jim Barta from Utah State University says culture also influences how well math concepts stick, and he says students benefit when their history, traditions and cultural values are part of the math curriculum.

Listen to the interview with host Jennifer Napier Pearce

Dr. Jim Barta presents the lecture “Dancing Numbers! Traditional Uses of Mathematics in American Indian Cultures and Applications in Today’s Classrooms” on Sunday, Jan. 13 at 1:45 p.m. at the Salt Lake City Library, fourth floor meeting room, 210 E. 400 South, Salt Lake City. The event, sponsored by the Forum for Questioning Minds, is free and open to the public.

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