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Jerry P. Becker

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Conference Announcement: Univ. of Colorado - Boulder
Posted: Apr 10, 2013 12:48 PM
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Sent at the request of David C. Webb.
4th International Realistic Mathematics Education Conference
The Development of Mathematical and Scientific Reasoning through
Contexts and Representations in Science, Technology and Mathematics
University of Colorado at Boulder
September 27 - 29, 2013


We cordially invite you to join us September 27 - 29, 2013, for the
Fourth International Realistic Mathematics Education Conference
(RME4), a biennial conference held at the University of Colorado at
Boulder in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. This three-day
conference is sponsored by the Freudenthal Institute for Science and
Mathematics Education, the CU-Boulder School of Education and the
Freudenthal Institute USA.

Since 2005, the RME conference has focused on strictly mathematics as
the sole content area of interest. However, this year we endeavor to
open up the RME conference to studies in mathematics and/or science
education, to promote productive intra- and inter-disciplinary
discussions about ways in which contexts and representations promote
student reasoning.

The conference will serve an audience with various roles and
interests in mathematics education. The program is organized to
address the needs of lead teachers and professional developers;
district, state or regional administrators; and university faculty
who are engaged in research in mathematics education and/or teach
pre-service courses. The content addressed in this 3-day conference
ranges from early elementary to post-secondary level mathematics.

Who Should Attend?

The program is organized to address the needs of university faculty;
district, state or national school administrators; and professional
developers and teachers who are engaged in design and research in
mathematics and science education and/or teach pre-service courses.
The content addressed in this 3-day conference includes upper
elementary through university level mathematics and science.

Conference Program

The 2013 conference will focus on the use of contexts and
representations in science, technology and mathematics in ways that
support mathematical and/or scientific reasoning. Disciplinary
content strands will include presentations focusing on the use of
context and representations in instructional sequences that are
either specific to mathematics or science, or involve the integration
of STEM content. The purpose of this approach is to offer comparisons
of design research and related empirical studies within and across
disciplines, to encourage cross-disciplinary interaction in design
research in mathematics, science and technology, to further
understand productive similarities and differences in design research
and the application of activities and instructional sequences that
promote reasoning, modeling and problem solving in natural science,
life science, and mathematics. The program will include keynote
speakers and an expanded program of 90 minute breakout sessions
offered by research faculty and teachers from the United States and
abroad who have engaged in design and use of instructional sequences
to support understanding of math, science, and integrated domains
from middle grades through undergraduate level education.

The conference will begin with the opening plenary Friday, September
27th at 8:30am.
On Saturday the conference program begins at 9:00am with late
afternoon and evening excursion options available after 4pm.
The conference will conclude Sunday, September 29th at 4:00pm.

Call for Proposals for Presentations and Papers

The conference program is open to proposals for 90 minute sessions
that address the theoretical and practical work related to the RME4
program theme and are of interest to the audience. Given the number
of likely program openings for conference speakers, however, we can
only accept a relatively small number of proposals. The program
committee and a panel of reviewers will evaluate proposals based on
the extent to which they:

1) Present research and/or design principles described in a way
that is accessible to researchers and practitioners, and

2) Describe how practitioners have used (or can use) the design
principles, findings or related materials in classrooms.

The most competitive proposals will address both of these goals to
highlight how research regarding the development of student
reasoning, modeling, and inquiry has resulted in practical
applications in classrooms or online settings. For example,
classroom-based research that involves the development of an
instructional sequence to elicit student reasoning about probability
and resulting examples of student responses would be of interest.
Likewise, a presentation that synthesizes findings from iterative
design studies in a new course on biomathematics would address these
dual goals. Topics can be specific to domains of math and science, or
involve integrated STEM approaches. Papers and related materials will
be published in online conference proceedings that will be available
to attendees and the greater mathematics education community.

Submitting a Proposal

If you are interested in being a speaker for the conference, please
submit your proposal to <>
using the template found at the end of this email.

The deadline for submitting a speaker proposal is Friday, May 10th at 11:59pm.

Decisions regarding proposals will be emailed by Friday, May 31st.


Register by the June 15th pre-enrollment deadline for a reduced
conference fee of $295. After June 15th the standard registration fee
is $365.

Lead speakers for an accepted proposal will be able to register for
the conference at a discounted speaker rate of $145.

The conference registration page is:

(or <> )

Conference registration fee covers materials, continental breakfast,
lunch, coffee and snacks. The registration fee does not cover
transportation, lodging and other meals. Participants are responsible
for their own travel expenses. Enrollment for this conference is
limited and registration may close early, so please pre-register as
soon as possible.

Upon receiving registration, the program committee will send a
confirmation email within 48 hours that includes general conference
information. A website with conference updates will be available
later this spring in conjunction with the posting of a second


Participants must arrange for their own travel and lodging. Because
of its proximity to the campus and conference, a block of rooms has
been reserved for conference participants at the

Best Western Plus Boulder Inn
770 28th Street
Boulder, Colorado 80303

The group rate includes a complimentary hot breakfast, free high
speed wifi, and free bike rental. Pictures of the hotel can be seen
at <>

Group code: call 800-233-8469 and reference code: "4th International
Realistic Mathematics Education Conference"
Group Rates: $109 for a room with one king bed; $119 for rooms
with two queen beds
Please contact Ari Rubin
(<> for other reservation
related questions.

Other Hotel Options in Boulder
Other hotel options that are within a short walking distance to campus include:

Millennium Harvest House, 1345 28th Street, Boulder, Colorado, 80303
Boulder Outlook Hotel & Suites, 800 28th Street, Boulder, Colorado,
80303 (<>
Briar Rose Bed and Breakfast, 2151 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, Colorado,
80302 (<>
Some budget hotels have rooms for around $65 per night, but it is not
uncommon to pay anywhere from $110 to $250 per person per night in a
Boulder hotel.

For a complete list of accommodations in Boulder, see:
You will find a map and list of hotels in the Visitors link in the menu bar.


Please direct any conference related inquiries to David Webb at

~~~~ Speaker Proposal Template ~~~~

4th International Realistic Mathematics Education Conference
September 27 - 29, 2013
Speaker Proposal
Please send to <> by Friday,
May 10th at 11:59pm


Proposal Description (500 words)

Option A. If this is a research proposal, please include

I. Purpose of Study
II. Methods
III. Findings and Results
IV. Recommendations for Researchers and Practitioners

Option B. If this describes curriculum development or an
instructional sequence, include

I. Rationale
II. Design Process
III. Evidence and/or examples of student work
IV. Recommendations for Researchers and Practitioners

Jerry P. Becker
Dept. of Curriculum & Instruction
Southern Illinois University
625 Wham Drive
Mail Code 4610
Carbondale, IL 62901-4610
Phone: (618) 453-4241 [O]
(618) 457-8903 [H]
Fax: (618) 453-4244

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