Base on Lee Peng Yee experience while he stay in Indonesia on realistic mathematics, he was describing it into 4 parts, namely the cultural tradition, a legacy of academic, regional conferences in mathematics, and about realistic mathematics
firstly about cultural tradition
On 23 February 2009 he visited Palembang, and he visited a primary school and observed a classroom lesson practicing realistic mathematics. To an Indonesian, realistic mathematics means activity and connection with the world around us. He was very interested and pleased to see the realistic mathematics has been implemented in Indonesia. But, that makes him amazed about the diversity that is owned by the Indonesian. Indonesia is a country of many races, diverse cultural background, and believers of different faiths.
Secondly about academic heritage
He said that the Dutch brought to Indonesia not only commerce and European culture, but also academic heritage. This can be reflected by the campus of the Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB) in the image of old buildings and in the library which has books and journal left behind the Dutch professor.
He happened to know the two mathematics professor from Dutch who spent time in ITB. They are Prof. A. C. Zaanen from Leiden and Prof. L. Kuipers. Zaanen work in integration theory and more than the mathematics journals in the library of ITB were left by him. Whereas, Kuipers worked in number theory. According to Zaanen, Kuipers stayed in the garage of Zaenen’s house.
Besides, he describe that in early 70s the university curriculum in Indonesia at the time was traditional. It changes almost overnight when ITB started the Master Degree program in the last 70s. In order to meet the requirement for entry into the master degree (S2) program at ITB, universities around the country adjusted their curriculum Read the rest of this entry »