****************************** 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
FIRST ANNOUNCEMENT & CALL FOR PROPOSALS
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.
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 <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>email@example.com 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.
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 announcement.
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 <http://www.BoulderInn.com>www.BoulderInn.com
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 (<mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>email@example.com) for other reservation related questions.
Other Hotel Options in Boulder Other hotel options that are within a short walking distance to campus include: