The next talk in the Colloquium Series is:

Date: Wednesday, April 3, 2019
Speaker: Prof. Inna Tokar
Department of Mathematics
City College of NY, CUNY
innatokar AT gmail DOT com
Title: History of Mathematics Education for Gifted Students in the former Soviet Union
Abstract: This presentation will examine programs for mathematically talented students in the former Soviet Union. Special emphases will be given to the boarding schools for gifted students at Moscow, Novosibirsk, St. Petersburg and Kiev Universities. The origins and history of education for gifted students in the former Soviet Union will be discussed. Specifically, the following questions will be considered:
  1. Role of Khrushchev's Polytechnic reform in the creation of special schools for mathematically gifted students.
  2. Why and how were these schools organized?
  3. What is the nature of and variations among special school curricula and student, faculty, and alumni bodies?
To answer these questions, original literature from Russia and Ukraine was reviewed, including scientific publications, educational journals, government and university documents. Interviews were conducted with Soviet-born mathematicians and educators who created and taught at these schools.