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Jerry P. Becker

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[ME] Call for Contributions: TSG 1 -Algebra / ICME-9
Posted: Aug 9, 1999 5:20 PM
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Tokyo/Makuhari, Japan -- 31 July - 6 August 2000

Topic Study Group No. 1 - The Teaching and Learning of Algebra


As well as being a branch of mathematics in its own right, algebra plays
many fundamental roles throughout mathematics. The language and techniques
of algebra provide the means for generalization of relationships, enable
hosts of problems to be described, analyzed, solved, extended, and
generalized, and make possible the production of models through which one
can explore real-world situations. Algebraic structures exhibit
commonalities among diverse mathematical objects and operations, and from
the basic algebraic properties of elements in these structures, many others
can be deduced.

Our understanding of the development of algebraic thinking historically in
mathematics and psychologically in children has potentially important
implications for our understanding of the learning of algebra and for our
decisions about the teaching of the subject. Current trends are for algebra
to be introduced to younger and younger students, for the techniques to be
done increasingly with the aid of calculator/computer technology, and for
the relationships and structures of algebra to be pictured and studied with
the aid of graphs, tables, and diagrams.

This topic study group seeks papers dealing with these or any other aspects
of the teaching and learning of algebra. In each of the two 90-minute
sessions available to us, we anticipate having a number of
10-minutepresentations, followed by discussion among all present, and
ending with a panel to comment and summarize. The actual structure of the
sessions will depend on the ideas and papers submitted and accepted.

If you are interested in presenting, please summarize in 250-500 words what
you would say. This summary will be used to suggest individuals to present
and to organize the presentations. The summary, as well as the
presentation itself, must be given in English, the main official language
of ICME-9. Please send the summary by 5 January 2000 by e-mail to all four
organizers of TSG-1 named below. If e-mail is impossible, please mail or
fax a proposal to the chief organizer, at the address below. If you are not
interested in presenting to TSG 1 orally, but are interested in
distributing a paper at TSG 1, you also must apply as if you were planning
to submit an oral presentation. All papers selected in this way will be
acknowledged in the report of TSG 1. The four organizers for TSG 1 will
examine the applications and make recommendations to the National
Organizing Committee (NOC).

IMPORTANT: An official invitation to present can only come from the NOC,
the official organization for ICME-9. It cannot come from any of the
organizers of TSG 1. Furthermore, it is Congress policy that each
individual is restricted to one major speaking appearance.

Please circulate this Call for Papers to individuals who may be interested.

Chief Organizer:

Zalman Usiskin
Department of Education
University of Chicago
5835 South Kimbark Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637
fax: 1-773-702-3114
phone: 1-773-702-1560

Associate Organizers:

Romulo Campos Lins
Depto. de Matematica
Av. 24A, 1515
13506-700 Rio Claro-SP

Teresa Rojano
Centro de Investigacion y de Estudios Avanzados del IPN
Av. Instituto Politecnico Nacinal 2508
07360 MEXICO, D.F.

Anna Sfard
The University of Haifa
Haifa 31905

Jerry P. Becker
Dept. of Curriculum & Instruction
Southern Illinois University
Carbondale, IL 62901-4610 USA
Fax: (618)453-4244
Phone: (618)453-4241 (office)

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