Faculty Advisor

Servatius, Brigitte

Abstract

To examine the differences in the curriculum system and education methods and their effect on students learning and the resulting abilities to creatively apply mathematical knowledge to solve problems in the US versus China, we looked at textbooks, course curricula, and standardized tests for particular grade levels using materials and information from Massachusetts and Tianjin. We also visited the Museum of Mathematics in New York and interviewed visitors there on their reaction to aesthetic appeal and educational value of the mathematical models. We presented our museum trip experience to the Math Club at WPI. We attended a high school science fair to figure out the effect of model-related activities on the basic education and their impact on students' mathematical creativity.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

May 2016

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Mathematical Sciences

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