NINTH INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS ON MATHEMATICS EDUCATION (ICME-9)
Tokyo/Makuhari, Japan -- 31 July - 6 August 2000
Topic Study Group No. 1 - The Teaching and Learning of Algebra
CALL FOR CONTRIBUTIONS
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.
Zalman Usiskin Department of Education University of Chicago 5835 South Kimbark Avenue Chicago, IL 60637 USA fax: 1-773-702-3114 phone: 1-773-702-1560 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Romulo Campos Lins Depto. de Matematica Av. 24A, 1515 13506-700 Rio Claro-SP BRASIL e-mail: email@example.com
Teresa Rojano Centro de Investigacion y de Estudios Avanzados del IPN Av. Instituto Politecnico Nacinal 2508 07360 MEXICO, D.F. e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Anna Sfard Education The University of Haifa Haifa 31905 ISRAEL e-mail: email@example.com
*************************************************** * Jerry P. Becker Dept. of Curriculum & Instruction Southern Illinois University Carbondale, IL 62901-4610 USA Fax: (618)453-4244 Phone: (618)453-4241 (office) E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org