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Jerry P. Becker

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[ncsm-members] Conference Announcement: RME4 Univ. of Colorado
Posted: Jul 12, 2013 10:41 AM
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Sent at the request of David Webb.
Conference registration at the early bird rate
has been extended to Friday, July 19th.
Registration and additional program details can
be found at <>


The Development of Mathematical and Scientific
Reasoning through Contexts and Representations in
Science, Technology and Mathematics
4th International Realistic Mathematics Education Conference
University of Colorado at Boulder
September 27 - 29, 2013

~~ Second Announcement ~~

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 US. Since
2005, the RME conference has focused on strictly
mathematics as the sole content area of interest.
However, this year the RME conference includes
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.

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. Plenary
and interactive breakout sessions 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 Paul Cobb, Harrie Eijkelhof, and Alex
Repenning, and an expanded program of 90 minute
breakout sessions offered by researchers,
educators, and curriculum designers from the
Cayman Islands, Japan, the Netherlands, South
Africa, United Kingdom and the United States who
have engaged in research, design and use of
instructional sequences to support understanding
of math, science, and integrated domains from
primary, secondary and undergraduate level

Plenary sessions

Several plenary/keynote sessions have been
scheduled for the 3-day conference. Paul Cobb
(Vanderbilt University, USA), Harrie Eijkelhof
(Director, Freudenthal Institute for Science and
Mathematics Education, NL), Alex Repenning
(University of Colorado Boulder) and other
plenary speakers will highlight different
perspectives on the use of context,
representations, and other RME-related design
principles in curriculum, assessment,
instruction, and teacher learning. Their
presentations will further describe how materials
and activities have been designed to promote
student understanding of mathematics and science.

Interactive, breakout sessions

The conference program will also include seven
90-minute breakout sessions organized by thematic
strands and grade bands. The themes are
instructional design, professional development
and student learning with grade bands addressing
primary, secondary and post-secondary levels.
Most of these sessions will be conducted in an
interactive, workshop style to promote engagement
with math and science activities, to support
analysis of student responses, to reflect on
classroom video excepts, and to explore the use
of various technologies. Many of the resources
shared in these sessions can be used for further
development of resources, professional
development, or classroom activities.

Session Themes

This conference will also include sessions that
are related to Realistic Math Education but are
not necessarily direct derivatives, to further
articulate the relationships between various
approaches and provoke deliberation and
discussion of productive approaches that support
student learning. The use of contexts, models and
tools will be shared and discussed in light of
this goal. The ways in which research on student
learning, productive instructional sequences, and
assessment practices are aligned with such
approaches will be used to inform future research
and design in topics beyond the scope of this

In addition to a mix of plenary and breakout
sessions, ample time for discussion between
sessions for informal meetings and professional
networking has been planned into the schedule.
Saturday afternoon will offer an opportunity for
local tours of downtown Boulder and early evening
hikes in the foothills of the Rockies.

As a courtesy for participants who preferred to
wait until more program information was
available, we have extended the pre-enrollment
deadline to July 19th.

Please register by the July 19th pre-enrollment
deadline for a reduced conference fee of $295.
After July 19th the standard registration fee is

The conference registration page is:

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

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. 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
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,
please review the website:

You will find a map and list of hotels in the Visitors link in the menu bar.

Conference Website
Additional information will also be posted to the
Freudenthal Institute US website:

Please direct any conference related inquiries to
David Webb at


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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