Discussion group 28:
The role of professional associations in mathematics education: locally, regionally, and globally
Room B205 and B206

Associations of mathematicians, mathematics teachers and mathematics
education researchers around the world share a common aim of
promoting and improving research and practice in mathematics
education. How do the different groups see their roles? How do they
undertake their work? What, in particular, is their role in relation
to educational reform? To what extent do the different groups
(mathematicians, mathematics teachers and mathematics education
researchers) collaborate? Should the relations between associations
be strengthened? Is there a new role for associations in the context
of the current global trend for evaluation of performance through
PISA, TIMSS etc.? Would it be desirable to establish a world
federation of mathematics teacher associations to help respond to
this and other global trends and issues?

  • Will Morony (Australia)
  • Corinne Hahn (France)
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Team members:
  • Tomas Recio (Spain)
  • Diana Jaramillo (Colombia)
    djaramillo@tux.uis.edu.co, djaramillo@ciencias.uis.edu.co, and diana_jaramillo@hotmail.com
  • Lindi Tshabalala (South Africa)
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Request for initial input about associations in mathematics education (updated 24 October)

In order to prepare the discussion we have designed a short online survey to learn about about associations dealing with mathematics and mathematics education around the world.

If you are involved in an association with an interest in mathematical education, we wish you will spend a few minutes to answer our survey (please click on the link). We also have a version in Spanish — contact the organizers if you need to respond in that language.

The information gathered in the surveys will be summarised for the purposes of the work of the Discussion Group in order to develop background papers, and to help identify people to take leading roles in the discussions.

To go to the web-based survey form please click SURVEY

Update prior to ICME11 Congress
Some 60 societies have responded to the survey and a draft summary paper has been prepared. This summary will reported to participants in Discussion Group 28. Their advice and assistance to finalize the paper will be sought.

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Call for papers (updated 24 October)

Apart from answering the survey (see above), organisers welcome submissions of contributions related to questions and issues addressed in DG28.

The Discussion Group sessions will be arranged around the following three themes:

  1. Relationships between different associations in a particular
    country — what are the benefits and difficulties?
  2. Relationships between associations in different countries. What
    are the benefits and difficulties?
  3. The future — the possibility of international collaboration between professional associations in mathematics and mathematics education in order to respond to aspects of “globalization” (for example international comparison such as TIMMS and PISA and many other
    international projects)

Contributions that address one or more of these themes will be favored in the selection process.

Two page abstracts should be sent by December 1st to both DG28 chairs.

Information about acceptance will be sent to the authors by January 31st who will then be asked for a longer version of their text. This extended version has to be sent by March 1st (maximum 6 pages).

The authors will be requested to participate to DG28 sessions and discuss their contribution with the other participants.

If you have any questions or would like further guidance, please contact the DG28 chairs.

The program of speakers

This has now been finalised. Abstracts of the brief talks can now been downloaded.

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