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Jerry P. Becker

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Call for Papers: WGA 9 at ICME-9
Posted: Sep 7, 1999 11:36 AM
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Sent at the request of Bill Barton ...

Tokyo/Makuhari, Japan
July 31 - August 6, 2000

WORKING GROUP 9: Communication & Language in Mathematics Education


Intending participants of ICME 9 are invited to contribute to Working
Group 9 on Communication & Language in Mathematics Education. The
Organising Committee of this group would welcome expressions of
interest, abstracts and/or completed papers. It is hoped to find a way
to include all those interested in the activity of the group. This may
involve individual papers being made available in a pre-publication, but
sessions consisting of short group presentations which link the various
papers together. This will enable maximum participation.

The three sessions of the Working Group will be organised as one common
session and two split sessions. The common session will focus on the
development of issues over the last eight years, and provide time for
discussion of the directions and opportunities in this area of research.
The group will then split into two streams to allow a greater level of
participation. Both streams will accept papers at any level: from
pre-school to tertiary mathematics education.

Stream A will focus on Mathematics AS Language. This includes
mathematical syntax and other work developing from Halliday & Pimm;
teaching techniques based on language learning; and studies about
progressing from informal mathematics, based on every-day language, to
formal mathematics. It also includes Mathematics Education AND Language
Education, e.g. teaching and learning techniques/environments coupled
with language learning, writing of (informal) mathematical texts,
discussing mathematical suppositions or temporary hypothesis, and work
developing from Gallin & Ruf.

Stream B will focus on Mathematics IN Different Languages. This includes
bilingual and multilingual education (e.g. work developing from Cummins
and other linguists); code-switching (e.g. work like that coming out of
South Africa); mathematics in indigenous languages (e.g. the experiences
of the Landless in Brazil or First Nation peoples of North America);
work on differences in mathematics presented in, for example, Asian
languages compared with Indo-European ones; and historical topics such
as Mayan representations of mathematics.

The nature of this Working Group is such that contributions may
originate from a variety of languages. The Working Group Organising
Committee accepts the responsibility of helping contributors to present
in one or more of the official languages of the congress.

All those wishing to make presentations in this Working Group are asked
to contact Bill Barton <> in the first instance.
It will be necessary to prepare an abstract by 31st January, 2000. Any
papers for pre-conference distribution will need to be available by 1st
May. These will be gathered into a booklet, together with an outline of
the previous work of this Working Group, and sent to interested
participants by 30th June, 2000.

There will not be space for everyone to present their own paper. Thus
participants with similar papers will put in contact with each other and
asked to work together to make 10 minute presentation which will
describe briefly how their work fits in with other work in the area. The
full texts of the papers will be distributed in the session and made
available in a post-conference publication.

Bill Barton
on behalf of WG09 Organising Committee
Jerry P. Becker
Dept. of Curriculum & Instruction
Southern Illinois University
Carbondale, IL 62901-4610 USA
Fax: (618) 453-4244
Phone: (618) 453-4241 (office)
(618) 457-8903 (home)

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