Grad School, Research

Localities – Graduate Student Conference at York University

On May 3rd and 4th York University hosted the Localities conference. See the following link for the program that was offered http://yorkustsgradconference2014.wordpress.com/program/

I was honored to be one of the speakers.  I was speaking of regional differences in mathematics and science education of the Soviet Students.  This was a new talk that I have recently prepared and I am happy that the audience was very attentive and responsive.

My presentation focused on discussion of various regional based differences in math and science education of soviet students based on primary sources such as laws and decrees issued between 1958 and 1980.  during the 1960`s the government was acknowledging the differences in educational needs of students in rural and urban areas.  By the 1970’s such acknowledgements became sparse.  The Communist ideology implied that all Soviet children were given exactly the same opportunities and were able to achieve high results regardless of their geographic location.  Although such statement could have ‘worked’ in the conditions of ‘perfect world’, in reality children from rural areas were often missing out on contacts with highly qualified scientists and artists whereas their urban peers benefited from such contacts.

 

I was pleasantly surprised and humbled by a tweet that was sent out regarding the illustrations that accompanied my presentation.

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Beautiful visuals of Soviet mathematics education in the 60s presented by @mariya_boyko12 at the @STS_YorkU grad conference #STSYU14

— Yana Boeva (@dropsmops) May 3, 2014

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