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Dr. Luitel visited various universities in US

isms | 28 September, 2010 17:31

Dr . Bal Chandra Luitelvisited the University of Wyoming (UW) from September 3 to 13 to participate inthe planning conference of WISDOMe (Wyoming Institute for the Study and Development of MathematicalEducation). At the conference, he presented a commentary on the plenary onlived mathematical experiences by Wolff Michael Roth. Besides, Dr. Luitelpresented a public lecture on transformative mathematics education in Nepal,met with officials of the university with a view to develop collaborationbetween KU and UW, and engaged in a series of discussion with Prof. LarryHatfield and other members of the DIME (Developing Investigations ofMathematical Experience) research team to (re) conceptualise research intolived mathematical experiences.

 Next,Dr. Luitel visited California State University @ Fresno (Fresno State) fromSeptember 14 to 19. He met professors of the Kremen College of Education so asto explore possibilities for future collaborations between KUSOED and theCollege of Education. Next, Dr. Luitel gave a public lecture entitled LookingBack, Looking Ahead:  A Journeyfrom a Transmissionist Teacher to a Transformative Researcher, and a seminar onNew Science and New Mathematics to a group of graduate students and professors.He discussed with professors from the Department of Geography and School ofAgriculture regarding joint research activities between the two universities. AFresno State Professor is visiting KU in November so as to materialise thepossibility of joint research collaboration.

 Inthe final week (i.e., September 20 to 24) of the three-week tour, Dr. Luitelvisited California State University @ Sacramento (CSU Sacramento State) wherehe presented on some aspects of the ethnomathematics project supported by theUNESCO office in Kathmandu(http://unesdoc.unesco.org/images/0016/001614/161421m.pdf). The next talkcomprised Dr. Luitel’s ongoing research on socially responsible science andmathematics education. Toward the final day of the visit, he met professors andsome key administrators so as to identify some priority areas for futurecollaboration.

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