The Hungarian Approach to Learning Mathematics
Speaker: Ryota Matsuura, St. Olaf College
Date & Time:
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Owens Science Center (OWS) 250
Abstract: Home to Erdős, von Neumann, and Pólya, Hungary has a tradition of excellence in mathematics education. The Hungarian approach to learning and teaching emphasizes problem solving, creativity, and communication. Students learn by working on meaningful problems that foster procedural fluency, conceptual understanding, and connections between topics. An overarching goal of each lesson is to engage deeply in mathematics and to feel the excitement of discovery. We will dig into fun mathematical tasks that illustrate this pedagogy and discuss its implementation in the classroom. We will also describe Budapest Semesters in Mathematics Education, a semester-long program (in Budapest!) that focuses on the Hungarian approach.