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Jerry P. Becker

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CALL: WGA #1 at ICME-9
Posted: Jan 22, 2000 1:43 PM
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Note: The Chief Organizers for WGA #1 asked me to post this Call.

Call for Participation in Working Group for Action No. 1: Mathematics
Education in Pre and Primary School (WGA 1)

As you may know, the International Program Committee (IPC) for
International Congress on Mathematics Education (ICME-9) has established
Working Group for Action No. 1: Mathematics Education in Pre and Primary
School (WGA1). Ann Anderson of Canada ( and myself,
Linda Sheffield of the United States (, serve as Chief
Organizers, with Christoph Selter of Germany (Christoph.Selter@t-online.d),
Wan Kang of Korea ( and Shizumi Shimizu of Japan
( as Associate Organizers. WGA1 is
designed to give a forum for mathematics educators interested in the
mathematics teaching and learning of pre- and primary-aged students, those
from approximately age three to age twelve. The primary language of the
conference will be in English.

During ICME-9 in Tokyo/Makuhari, Japan (July 31-August 6, 2000) WGA1 will
meet over a span of three 120 minute sessions, with a fourth session for
closure purposes. With the assistance of two invited speakers per day, we
hope to engage in discussion around one focus issue per session. The
invited speakers will present for 20-25 minutes on the chosen topic for
that day and in turn would provide the participants with provocative and
diverse stances on the issue at hand. We plan to make this a real working
group with small group discussions for over half the time each day and
papers available for perusal and discussion before, during and after the

Call for Participation

At this point, the invited speakers and the topics for each session have
been decided upon and are described later in this call. We are inviting
others interested in WGA 1 to participate in three ways.

1. Small Group Discussion Leaders: We plan to break into three smaller
groups each day following the two invited speakers to discuss some of the
issues that they have raised. We would like to invite two people with
interest and expertise in these areas to lead the discussions in each of
the three groups. These discussion leaders might briefly (5 minutes or
less) present work on their own related to the topic, but the focus of
their task would be to ask leading questions and conduct the discussion of
the group based on the issues of the day.

If you are interested in being one of these discussion leaders, please
email one of the WGA 1 organizers before February 15, 2000. Let us know
which of the three days you would be interested in being a discussion
leader for, the country you are from, and a brief background on your
experience in this area. We will attempt to choose the discussion leaders
by April 1, 2000

2. Paper by Distribution: We are interested in having members of the WGA 1
distribute papers describing their work in the area of Mathematics
Education in Pre and Primary School, especially as it relates to the focus
topics listed below. These papers will not be presented orally, but will be
distributed before the conference to WGA 1 members via the Internet using
email and web sites and/or at the conference as a paper copy.

If you are interested in writing a paper to distribute to the members of
the WGA 1, it would be your responsibility to bring copies of the paper to
ICME, and if possible, to post your paper on a web site so WGA members can
read it before the conference. Please email one of the members of the
Organizing Team by March 1, 2000 to let us know if you would like to
participate by distributing a paper. Include the topic of your paper, the
topic of the day that your paper is most closely related to, and whether
you would be able to post your paper on a web site.

You may both apply to be a small group discussion leader and contribute a
paper by distribution.

3. Working Group Discussants: Even if you do not lead one of the small
group discussions or distribute a paper, you can still be a very important
part of WGA 1 by being an active participant in the small group
discussions. If you are interested in doing this, be sure to mark WGA 1
when you register for the conference.

Session and Speaker Information

Currently, we have selected the following topics and invited speakers:

1.Understanding and Assessing Children's Mathematical Thinking - coming to
know and understand children's mathematical thinking and doing, determining
standards for assessment and accountability.

Focus questions: How might we best understand or assess children's
mathematical reasoning: through formal, standardized means or through more
informal methods? What should be the main purpose of this: understanding
children's thinking or assessing, standardizing and reporting results?

Major Presenters: Ian Thompson, Great Britain and Hanlie Murray, South Africa

2. Developing Children's Mathematical Power - building on children's
mathematical understanding, encouraging the development of their
mathematical thinking, using appropriate tools to develop mathematical

Focus questions: How might we best develop children's mathematical power:
via establishing a good classroom culture or by using good tasks? What are
some examples or prototypes of these? Should technology take a major role?

Major Presenters: Nobohiko Nohda, Japan and Erna Yackel, United States

3. Supporting Teachers in Understanding, Assessing, and Developing
Children's Mathematical Abilities - developing support systems for both new
and experienced teachers.

Focus questions: How might we best support teachers: via solid mathematical
content or by helping teachers to learn how children think? How might this
best be accomplished?

Major Presenters: Liping Ma, P.R. China and Barbara Clarke, Australia

If you would like further information, you may want to look at our web site
at Also, please do not hesitate to
contact any of us on the organizing committee.

We look forward to hearing from you and to meeting you in Japan.

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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