This study is a review on the place of information technology innovations in the delivery of inclusive and equitable quality mathematics education and lifelong learning for all. Specific areas of deployment of IT innovations in mathematics education such as IT-based instructional approaches, open and distance learning, open educational resources, research data mining and virtual learning environments were considered in detail. The implications of these opportunities provided by IT innovations for mathematics education professionals, students, school administrators, and educational policy makers were also discussed.

DepositRevalorizing General Education and TEFL in Japan

A paper at the first annual Teaching in the Community Colleges Online Conference in 1996, the first large-scale wholly online academic conference, which continues today, based at the University of Hawaii. In 1995 peaceful post-War Japan was struck by the Great Hanshin Earthquake and the Tokyo subway sarin terrorism incident by the home-grown Aum Shinrikyo cult. The Ministry of Education had just allowed the diminution of general education requirements in higher education. A remarkable Asahi Shimbun editorial, translated by the author in this paper, drew a line from the vocationalization of universities to one of the world’s first indiscriminate attacks with a weapon of mass destruction. The author took this as an opportunity for educators of foreign languages and other general education subjects to profess the importance of a well-rounded education for all professions.

DepositOriginal Higher Education Experience of Graduating Students of Mathematics Education in Nigeria: An Autoethnographic Approach

In the face of bizarre challenges, many Nigerian higher education students are surviving out of sure doggedness and determination to succeed. Out of improvisation, deprivation and sheer hard work, many students have attained graduation with outstanding qualities. This study employs autoethnography to report the author’s personal narrative of graduating in mathematics education in a public university in Nigeria. Reflective writings from three graduating students of mathematics education added voices to the autoethnography. Emerging themes deduced from the reports indicate a general mixed expectation for higher education, Students’ tenacity in the face of a tense school climate, and a productive social interaction as constituting broad experience of graduating students of mathematics education in Nigeria.

Deposit“Politicking Ayurvedic Education”

As the Indian population’s interest in biomedicine increased at the end of the nineteenth century, public confidence in India’s indigenous medicines flagged. Physicians of Ayurveda and officials of Indian medical organizations responded with discussions about and plans for reconfiguring the āyurveda (“life science”) of the Sanskrit medical classics of Caraka, Suśruta, and Vāgbhaṭa to be compatible with the anatomical, physiological, and pharmacological frameworks of biomedicine. This article considers some of the negotiations that shaped Ayurveda in late colonial and postcolonial India, paying special attention to how these debates affected the history of ayurvedic education. Reflecting on how the presence of biomedicine in India prompted ayurvedic practitioners to reimagine the history of their profession, it examines the revitalization of Ayurveda through the reinvention of ayurvedic education. It probes the historical move away from the gurukula as the seat of education and the institutionalization and standardization of education in the ayurvedic college. The historical record is expanded periodically with ethnographic data collected at gurukulas in South India to offer contemporary views on changes in ayurvedic education over the past 130 years.

DepositDefinitions and Knowledge in Successive Educational Media

Handout for the 2005 Conference on Pedagogies and Learning: Meanings under the Microscope, held at the University of Southern Queensland in Australia. A framework was sought for understanding concepts in new disciplines in their full dimensionality. Citing Plato’s Socrates, the nature of knowledge was examined, locating it not in information transmission but in the expertise of the knower. The presentation further argued through the example of e-learning that, as accelerating technological transformation confronts all fields including education, each successive medium redefines all the previous media and renders them identifiable as paradigms.

DepositProtocols for the education of young witches and wizards

This paper discusses approaches to pedagogy outlined in three series of books for children and young adults. By the end of the presentation, I hope to have outlined what the education systems in these novels says about the culture and society presented in these books. The books are: JK Rowling’s Harry Potter series, Jonathan Stroud’s Bartimaeus trilogy and Terry Pratchett’s Tiffany Aching series.

DepositPedagogics of Liberation: A Latin American Philosophy of Education

Enrique Dussel is considered one of the founding philosophers of liberation in the Latin American tradition, an influential arm of what is now called decoloniality. While he is astoundingly prolific, relatively few of his works can be found in English translation — and none of these focus specifically on education. Founding members of the Latin American Philosophy of Education Society David I. Backer and Cecilia Diego bring to us Dussel’s Pedagogics of Liberation: A Latin American Philosophy of Education, the first English translation of Dussel’s thinking on education, and also the first translation of any part of his landmark multi-volume work Towards an Ethics of Latin American Liberation.

DepositScience Curiosity as a Correlate of Academic Performance in Mathematics Education: Insights from Nigerian Higher Education

This study investigated the relationship between the science curiosity levels of undergraduate of mathematics education in a Nigerian higher educational institution and their academic grade point averages. The study employed a correlational survey research design on a random sample of 104 mathematics education students. The Science Curiosity Scale – Comparative Self Report was adapted to measure the students’ distinctive appetite for consuming science-related media for personal edification. The correlational analysis of science curiosity scores and the students CGPA indicated a weak negative relationship (r = -0.049, p = 0.621), suggesting an interplay of other important factors in the relationship between academic performance and science curiosity. Based on the findings of this study, it was recommended that key stakeholders of mathematics education consider curiosity as a complex ability related to several functions of the mind and that it enhances systematic commitment on the part of the learner, providing enormous foundational benefits that could be reaped in the process of educating students.