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Jerry P. Becker

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Discussion Paper/WGA 12 -- Part II
Posted: Dec 21, 1999 10:43 AM
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Sent at the request of Professors Keitel (Germany) and Kninjik (Brazil)
ICME-9 IN JAPAN 2000 -- see

Working Group in Action (WGA 12):
"Social and political aspects of mathematics education"

Chief Organisers of WGA 12:
Christine Keitel (Germany) and Gelsa Kninjik ( Brazil)

Associate Organisers of WGA 12:
Marilyn Frankenstein (USA), Hanako Senuma (Japan), Renuka Vithal (RSA)
(in cooperation with Alan Bishop (AUS) and Leone Burton (UK))

Structure of presenting, working and discussing within WGA 12

1. We distribute to all possible participants: a) a discussion paper as a
short outline of what we think are major issues to be addressed in the WGA
12, and we plan b) to publish all abstracts or short versions submitted to
WGA 12 by prospective participants in a booklet and c) to design a webpage.

a) The WGA 2-discussion paper outlines broad key ideas/ major topics and
questions to be addressed or answered by the papers. It is meant as a "Call
for papers", all papers (short, max. 1 and 1/2 pages) should be submitted
as email attachments or on a disc to the chief organisers.

b) The guiding and important principle for WGA 12 is our contention that
we must give much more time for discussions than for presentations, we want
to really work on the themes. Therefore we either have to limit the number
of submitted papers which is not nice, or to ask participants to read
papers in advance, prior to the conference or to the sessions. That also
means we have to edit, print and distribute the papers in advance by email
and web side or at least at registration the latest; for that purpose we
plan to publish a WGA12-booklet in advance.

All papers included in the booklet will be peer-reviewed. After
successfully passing the reviewing process - eventually improved by taking
into account critical and constructive feedback remarks - all papers get
the same format for presentation and the "same visibility" during the
sessions. Theoretical deepness is not the major criteria for the reviewing,
we are also looking for qualitative case studies, a great diversity of
presentation of problems and ideas. In particular, we specially should
encourage and invite colleagues from underprivileged parts of the world to
get as much diverse experiences as possible and to explicitly overcome the
Euro-American dominance of mathematics education presentations!

c) In addition, with the purpose of a regular updating of informations
and discussions for WGA 12-participants prior to the conference in mind, we
organize and create a WGA 12-homepage. (set up by Hanako Senuma in
cooperation with the local organising committee of ICME-9)

2. One of our intentions is to empower conference participants to actively
share their experiences and insights and to raise the profile of the social
frame. In order to facilitate this purpose, we propose the following format
for the 3 timeslots of 120 minutes :

a) at the first day, one (or two) keynote speaker(s) give(s) an
introduction into the general theme and propose(s) major issues/questions
for group discussion either as extension/complementing of the discussion
paper or as a summary of the discussion on the webside. Keynote speakers
are selected from those who had submitted papers which provide a
substantial general input. The keynote addresses will only be summarised by
the speakers, the larger papers are in the publication and on the webside.

- The summary will not be longer than 5 min each.
- Than we start a discussion of about 20 min. among all participants to get
a common understanding of the various issues and problems to be dealt with
and present subgroups with subthemes which can be choosen as focus
according to the interests and experiences of individual participants and
their contributions.

The next 90 min. of the first session are dedicated to individual
presentations: All papers related to special subthemes will be grouped for
smaller subgroups. Individual presentations then take place within
subgroups. The number of subgroups will be defined by the number of
subthemes which can be extracted from the contributions or the indications
of participants by their responses to or by the discussion paper.

All paper presentations in subgroups will run as follows.

- First 5 minutes, the presenter of the paper will introduce what s/he
feels are the key issues of the paper.
- Next 15 minutes, in small groups, the audience will discuss the paper,
its implications, frameworks, etc.
- Next 5 minutes, the groups will feedback to the presenter the results of
the small group discussions.
- Final 5 minutes, the presenter will respond to the issues raised.
By this timeschedule, in each subgroup could be presented and discussed 3

b) The second day could start with a similar scheme, but in the reverse
- First 90 min. for 3 individual presentations in each subgroups,
- then feedback from groups into the whole audience and a larger discussion
/reflection of the two sessions.

c) The third day will be organised similarly and in conjunction with
IOWME on the common theme "Politics for social justice in relation to
gender, class, ethnicity".

By the proposed organisation we hope that we can significantly improve the
quality of paper presentations and subsequent discussions. However, it does
require participants to read the papers in some depth prior to the
conference, already aiming at or having a certain subgroup in mind. This
procedure will also require the presenters to be able to briefly summarise
their paper and the key issues it raises.

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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