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Jerry P. Becker

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Call for proposals: WGA #8 (ICME-9)
Posted: Dec 19, 1999 10:05 PM
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Sent at the request of Deborah Loewenberg Ball and Ruhama Even.


WGA-8 on Research, Practice, and Theory of Mathematics Education

International Congress on Mathematics Education (ICME-9)
The ninth International Congress on Mathematics Education (ICME-9) will be
held in Tokyo/Makuhari, Japan, July 31-August 6, 2000.
Web site:

By this announcement we invite inquiries and proposals for contributions to
the Working Group for Action 8 (WGA8) of ICME-9 on "Research, Practice, and
Theory of Mathematics Education."

This working group will examine diverse perspectives on two core problems
of research in mathematics education, each focused on critical connections.
The selected problems center on how mathematics education research and
theory is and could be connected to (1) other scholarly fields; and (2)
practice. For the first problem we will explore such questions as, How
does mathematics education research intersect with theory and practice of
scholarship in other fields? Where does interaction among disciplinary
communities in the context of research in mathematics education happen
effectively? What are some of the barriers to such interactions? In
particular, what special roles do mathematicians and mathematics as a
discipline have, and what roles might they have, in mathematics education

Our work on the second problem will probe ways in which new approaches to
research attempt to cross the traditional divide between theory and basic
research, on the one hand, and solving problems of teaching and learning,
on the other. We will examine what is entailed in deriving questions
directly from issues of practice and in working closely with practitioners,
and what is afforded and what pitfalls exist in designing
theoretically-focused experiments in practice. How do these sorts of
efforts affect the definition of research problems in mathematics education
and the development of methods? How do they affect the claims of research
and what counts as "evidence" for those claims?

For a working group to function productively, it is important to facilitate
genuine and fruitful exchange of opinions and development of ideas.
Accordingly, it is intended that much of the business of the working group
should be conducted in smaller groups, based around short less formal
presentations and discussions, and that the program will be responsive to
the proposals elicited by this solicitation.

We are calling for proposals for panel discussions, activities, or short
presentations that provide an opportunity for an individual or team to
present relevant ideas and evidence to colleagues. Final decision
regarding the proposal and its format will be determined by its prospect to
contribute to the work on the main themes of the working group.

Proposals are invited by 31 January 2000, and we will respond to them by
31 March. The proposal should be in English and should list:
(a) the style of presentation activity;
(b) the title of the presentation;
(c) the name(s), affiliation(s) and address(es) of the presenter(s); and
(d) a 400-word (maximum) summary of the presentation.

Please send a copy to both Chief Organizers at the addresses shown below.

We are also willing to give informal advice to anyone preparing a proposal.
We look forward to hearing from interested mathematics teachers and
Deborah Loewenberg Ball
4119 School of Education
610 E. University
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1259
Tel.: (734) 647-3713
Fax: (734) 647-6937
Ruhama Even
Department of Science Teaching
Weizmann Institute of Science
Rehovot 76100
Tel: 972-8-9343157
Fax: 972-8-9344115

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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