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North Lake College Math Instructor Awarded Grant to Study Japanese Curriculum and Teaching Methods

IRVING, Texas, May 2, 2000 - Marilyn Elaine Mays was selected as one of a 12-person delegation from the United States to join international leaders in math education at the Ninth International Congress on Mathematical Education (ICME-9) in Makuhari, Tokyo, slated for July 31-August 6, 2000. She is one of three delegates representing higher education and the only representative from community colleges. Marilyn has taught math and computer science at North Lake College for 22 years.

Active in mathematics education, Mays serves on the United States National Commission on Mathematics Instruction of the National Research Council. She is a member of several advisory committees for curriculum and pedagogical reform for community and technical colleges in the US. Mays has served as president of the American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges (1993-1995) and she directed the development of "Crossroads in Mathematics: Standards for Introductory College Mathematics Before Calculus," published in 1995, as well as subsequent faculty development projects.

John A. Thorpe, executive director of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) says about the international conference: "ICME brings together mathematics educators from around the world to share experiences and ideas that impact the teaching and learning of mathematics." Every four years the Congress convenes in a different country, he noted.

In addition to attending ICME-9, Mays was awarded additional funding to stay in Japan for an additional week to discuss curriculum and instruction and review instructional materials with her Japanese colleagues at the Japanese National Institute for Educational Research, in Meguro. She, along with the U.S. delegation members, will also visit an elementary school attached to Tsukuba University, in Myogadani, to observe lessons and to participate in pre- and post-observation discussions. The twelve-person delegation is expected to prepare a publication and videotape to document the work they accomplish. Their findings will be presented to U.S. mathematics educators through journal articles and presentations at meetings during 2001.

Since 1988, the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics- in conjunction with the United States National Commission on Mathematics Instruction and with funding from the National Science Foundation-has awarded travel grants to members of the U.S. mathematics education community to support, in part, participation in ICME.

North Lake College is a member of the Dallas County Community College District.