KLANDERMAN HELPS DEVELOP
teachers in developing countries will be better equipped to teach math
from a Christian perspective thanks to a group of math educators that includes
Trinity professor Dr. Dave Klanderman.
Calvin College's Kuyers Institute
for Christian Teaching and Learning agreed to sponsor an initiative in
which Klanderman's team will develop a classroom curriculum that incorporates
math lessons with spiritual and moral concepts. The supplementary material
will target teachers in middle school and high school.
"We're grappling with the
age-old question, 'What does it mean to teach math from a Christian perspective?'"
said Klanderman, whose graduate studies focused on math education, particularly
at the secondary level. "God created an ordered world that has beauty and
regularity. Mathematics is one lens through which we can view that beauty
"Our goal is to help teachers
with their interactions with students. Many Christian-school teachers overseas
have expressed a need for such materials. They are severely constrained
by standardized curricula and often have little or no choice of what textbooks
they use, but they are eager to introduce a Christian perspective to their
Klanderman previously collaborated
with 10 other college math professors to write a book titled "Mathematics
in a Postmodern Age: A Christian Perspective." Klanderman and his current
colleagues, who include high school and college math teachers, began working
on their project in August, and they anticipate it will be completed in
2006. They intend to furnish the lessons through the Internet at no charge.
"Teachers in Eastern Europe,
Africa, and other parts of the world lack the financial resources to purchase
printed materials," Klanderman said. "We want to offer them more flexibility
in the math content they teach, and many of them have access to the Internet."
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