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Jerry P. Becker

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ICMI Newsletter 26
Posted: Mar 19, 2014 5:22 PM
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Sent at the request of Lena Koch.
ICMI Newsletter 26 [No 26, February/March 2014]

A Newsletter from the ICMI-International Commission on Mathematical Instruction

Abraham Arcavi (ICMI Secretary General) and
Cheryl E. Praeger (ICMI Vice President)

Email addresses:

Graphic Design:
Lena Koch (ICMI Administrator) and
Sarah Spönemann (Assistant)

1. Editorial - From the desk of ICMI Vice President, Cheryl Praeger

Welcome to the March 2014 edition of ICMI News,
and best wishes for 2014. I am one of the ICMI
Vice Presidents, and have the privilege of
serving the world-wide Mathematics Education
community through the 2013-2016 term of the ICMI
Executive Committee. I am a mathematician and
also a member of the executive committee of
ICMI's parent union, the International
Mathematical Union (2007-2014). A major part of
my contribution to ICMI is through liaison with
the IMU, and through my perspective and networks
as an academic mathematics researcher and
teacher. For more than 30 years I have worked on
national educational and mathematical bodies in
Australia, including terms on the Australian
Government's Curriculum Development Council and
Prime Minister's Science Council, and recently I
was elected Foreign Secretary of the Australian
Academy of Science. It is a pleasure to serve at
the international level through ICMI.

Strong links between ICMI and the various
mathematical sciences have great benefit for
each, and for the wider community. Both
mathematics and mathematics education benefit
from including mathematicians on the ICMI
Executive, and fromworking together on
mathematical initiatives. Indeed the great
mathematician Felix Klein was ICMI's first
President (1908-1920), and his seminal
contributions are celebrated both through ICMI's
Felix Klein Award for lifetime achievement in
Mathematics Education, and the Klein Project
launched in 2008 to support mathematics teachers
to connect the mathematics they teach with the
field of mathematics, taking into account the
evolution of mathematics over the last century. A
short and readable biography of Felix Klein,
along with biographies of many other
mathematicians who have served ICMI over the last
hundred years can be found on the history of ICMI
website launched on the occasion of the ICMI
centennial conference (Rome 2008) at

The first joint ICMI Study was completed in 2011.
It was Study 18: "Statistics Education in School
Mathematics: Challenges for Teaching and Teacher
Education", and was organized collaboratively by
ICMI and the International Association for
Statistical Education (IASE). The most recent
ICMI Study completed was also organized jointly,
this time with the International Council for
Industrial and Applied Mathematics (ICIAM). It is
Study 20: "Educational Interfaces between
Mathematics and Industry" (see later in this

I commend to ICMI News readers the forthcoming
International Congress of Mathematicians (ICM) to
be held in Seoul, Republic of Korea, August
13-21, 2014. Registration is now open:

The ICM will feature a special section
"Mathematics Education and Popularization of
Mathematics" involving two lectures and several
panel discussions, addressing "all aspects of
mathematics education, from elementary school to
higher education, mathematical literacy and
popularization of mathematics"
( /topics)

Meanwhile, the ICM Organising Committee has
produced a very attractive mathematical calendar
(see the last section below).

Several other ICMI initiatives will also be
celebrated and reported on later in this
newsletter, including the wonderfully successful
Capacity and Networking Project (CANP) Cambodia
led by the immediate past ICMI President Bill
Barton in September 2013 in Phnom Penh. Meanwhile
the ICMI Executive is working towards new
initiatives: a new ICMI Study and a new ICMI
award (see below). I hope you enjoy this edition
of ICMI News in its new format, for which we
thank the IMU Secretariat (especially Lena Koch).

2. The Emma Castelnuovo Award for Excellence in
the Practice of Mathematics Education

The Executive Committee of ICMI has decided to
create a third award alongside the Felix Klein
Award and the Hans Freudenthal Award. The new
award will recognize outstanding achievements in
the practice of mathematics education in order to
reflect a main aspect of the ICMI essence not yet
recognized in the form of an award. The new award
will be named after Emma Castelnuovo, an Italian
mathematics educator born in 1913, in celebration
of her 100th birthday and honoring her pioneer

The Emma Castelnuovo Award for outstanding
achievements in the practice of mathematics
education will honor persons, groups, projects,
institutions or organizations engaged in the
development and implementation of exceptionally
excellent and influential work in the practice of
mathematics education, such as: classroom
teaching, curriculum development, instructional
design (of materials or pedagogical models),
teacher preparation programs and/or field
projects with a demonstrated influence on
schools, districts, regions or countries. The
Emma Castelnuovo Award seeks to recognize and to
encourage efforts, ideas and their successful
implementation in the field, as well as to
showcase models and exemplars of inspirational
practices to learn from.

As for the existing awards, this award will
consist of a medal and a certificate, accompanied
by a citation and will be awarded only once every
four years (and not once every two years as is
the case with the other two awards). It will be
officially delivered at the International
Congress on Mathematical Education (ICME) during
the opening ceremony alongside the Klein and
Freudenthal awards.

Professor Ferdinando Arzarello, ICMI's President,
has appointed an ad-hoc Committee, separate from
the existing committee established for the two
other awards. Jeremy Kilpatrick was appointed the
first Chair, and five other recognized and
experienced scholars were appointed as Committee
members and their names will remain confidential
throughout their tenure. These members come from
five different countries (each from a different
continent). The Committee is completely
autonomous, its work and records will be kept
internal and confidential, except for the obvious
process of soliciting advice and information from
the professional community, which is done by the
committee chair.

A call for nominations follows.

Nominations sought for the first ICMI Emma Castelnuovo Award

The Emma Castelnuovo Award Committee is pleased
to announce that nominations are being accepted
for the first ICMI Emma Castelnuovo Award. The
recipient of the award will be announced early in
2015, and the award will be conferred at the 13th
International Congress on Mathematics Education
in July 2016 in Hamburg, Germany. The awardee (or
its representative in the case of an institution,
project, or organization) will be invited to
present a special lecture at the Congress.

The Emma Castelnuovo Award will celebrate
outstanding achievements in the practice of
mathematics education. It will honor persons,
groups, projects, institutions, or organizations
that have done exceptionally excellent and
influential work in our field. Nominees will be
evaluated in light of the following criteria:

. the educational rationale for the candidate's
work and what served as a catalyst for that work;

. the problems addressed by the candidate;

the candidate's role in addressing the
problems, whether they involve curriculum
development, teacher education, professional
development, design of instruction, or other
areas of mathematics education practice;

. the conditions under which the work has taken
place (the cultural and political context,
infrastructure, funding, and people involved);

. the originality and creativity involved in
how the candidate has addressed problems and
overcome obstacles;

. the quality of networking with other key
stakeholders (e.g., bridging theory and practice);

. external or internal evaluations of the work, if available;

. the extent of the influence of the work on
educational practice, including quantitative or
qualitative evidence of that influence; and

. the potential of the work to serve as a model
(either for inspiring others addressing similar
problems or because of taking an approach that
could be applied elsewhere with appropriate

Nominations for the Emma Castelnuovo Award should include the following:

1) a document (max 5 pages) describing the
nominee's programme and reasons for the
nomination (including the nominee's impact on the

2) a one-page summary statement;

3) an account of the genesis and dissemination of
the nominee's work and the roles of the people
involved, with brief curricula vitae of the key
persons (max 10 pages);

4) electronic copies of three publications that
reflect the nominee's work related to the
practice of mathematics education (e.g., journal
articles, textbooks, other instructional
materials, or CD- ROMs);

5) three letters of support (from different
stakeholders and, if possible, from different
countries); and

6) the names and e-mail coordinates of two
persons who could provide further information, if

All nominations must be sent by e-mail
( to the Chair of the Committee
no later than December 15, 2014.

Jeremy Kilpatrick,
Chair of the ICMI Castelnuovo Award Committee
105 Aderhold Hall
University of Georgia
Athens, GA 30602-7124 USA


. The book resulting from ICMI Study 20 entitled
"Educational Interfaces Between Mathematics and
Industry" has been published in December, 2013.
For more details, refer to
. The ICMI Study 23 - "Primary Mathematics Study
on Whole Numbers" was launched in January 2014 in
Berlin with the first meeting of the
International Program Committee chaired by
Mariolina Bartolini and Sun Xuhua. The Discussion
Document will be distributed in the near future
and the Study Conference will take place in 2015
in Macau, China.

. CANP (Capacity and Network Project) will take
place in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, September 1-12
and will gather about 45 participants from four
East African countries. For details,

. The next meeting of the Klein Project will
take place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, during the
week of 14-17 of April, 2014, and will be hosted
by IMPA (Instituto Nacional de Matemática Pura e

. ICME 13, which will take place in Hamburg in
2016, has already announced all the details of
the plenary activities (lectures and panels), the
thematic afternoon, the invited lectures (called
regular lectures in previous conferences) and the
Survey teams. See

. The website Experiencing Mathematics contains
a virtual exhibition addressed to secondary
school teachers and their students. It has been
initiated and supported by UNESCO and it contains
more than 200 mathematical situations which
provide opportunities to experiment, try out,
make hypotheses and try to prove them. It exists
in five languages: English, Spanish, French,
Portuguese and Arabic.

The respective Pdf files can be downloaded from: DOCMATH_EN.pdf DOCMATH_SP.pdf DOCMATH_FR.pdf DOCMATH_PT.pdf DOCMATH_AR.pdf

The Banff International Research Station (BIRS, is a joint Canada-US-Mexico
initiative to facilitate collaborative research
in mathematics and its applications to science
and industry. BIRS is located in the Rocky
Mountains and it provides accommodation, board,
and facilities needed for research encounters.
Every year, over 2000 researchers from 400
institutions in more than 60 countries
participate in over 70 different workshops.
Starting in 2015, additional workshops will also
run in a newly created facility called the Casa
Matemática Oaxaca (CMO) in San Agustín Etla,
Mexico. The new research facility will also host
summer schools and math education workshops for
high schools teachers and students.

4. Zoltan Dienes, In Memoriam

The Hungarian mathematician Zoltan Dienes has
passed away on January 11, 2014 at the age of 97.
His ideas and his work had a strong influence in
mathematics education in many countries. Details
about his interesting biography and the scope of
his work can be found both in French and in
English at

5. Have you read?

. The new edition of "Ethnomathematics and
Education in Africa" edited by Paulus Gerdes is a
of a book originally published in 1995 by the
Institute of International Education of the
University of
Stockholm (Sweden). The book contains a
collection of papers on mathematics education and
cultures, dating from the period 1986-1992,
published in international journals such as "For
Learning of Mathematics", "Educational Studies in
Mathematics" and "Historia Mathematica." The
book can downloaded for free at

. A very nice "mathematical calendar" was
created by the Seoul ICM Organising Committee. It
is based on mathematics easily accessible to
students from junior high school onwards, and can
be downloaded from


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