Makram Bishara, a professor emeritus of Francis Marion University, is traveling to Philadelphia, Pa., to present an extensive interactive workshop, June 30 - July 3. The presentation describes certain mathematical procedures developed with Lloyd Hutchings, a professor of education at FMU.
The presentation will be made at the 15th Annual Conference, "A Declaration of Numeracy: Empowering Adults through Mathematics Education," of the Adults Learning Mathematics (ALM), an international corporation based in Britain but having involvements in many countries. It is one of the world’s most influential agents for developing and promoting basic mathematical proficiency for workers in business and industry. Much of Bishara’s audience will be British, as the British government has just initiated an intense National Campaign for Numeracy designed to significantly increase the basic mathematical skills of all British workers in preparation for the relatively high technological demands of the new century.
ALM is vigorously supporting that campaign, has focused their conference on numeracy and has invited Bishara because there are well-researched parts of the work of Bishara and Hutchings that have unambiguously demonstrated a great potential to easily and rapidly and inexpensively accelerate the development of numeracy. The most recent of this type of research in South Carolina was the 2005 doctoral dissertation of FMU alumna Cynthia Young, principal of Carver Elementary School. Her study found that their new multiplication procedure was, with regard to speed mastery and computational power, approximately 900 percent more efficient than the conventional procedure. Her doctoral committee was chaired my Professor Lorin Anderson, an education professor at the University of South Carolina and coordinator of research and in-service teacher development for FMU’s Center of Excellence.