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Jerry P. Becker

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CALL: TSG 22 at ICME-9
Posted: Feb 8, 2000 10:42 PM
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Sent at the request of the Chief Organizers for TSG #22
ICME-9: 31 July - 6 August, 2000, Tokyo/Makuhari

TSG 22: Topics in Mathematics Education in Asian Countries
[ See ]

Chief Organizers:

Fr. Bienvenido Nebres, S.J. (Philippines)
Zhang Dianzhou (China)

Associate Organizers:

Susanti Linuwih (Indonesia)
Siriporn Thipkong (Thailand)
Wang Linquan (China)

Local Assistant Organizer:

Kazuyoshi Okubo (Japan)

Coordinator (on Fr. Nebres' behalf): Queena Lee-Chua (Philippines)


In the last few decades, there have been many activities and initiatives in
mathematics education in the Asian region. For instance, SEACME (Southeast
Asian Conference on Mathematics Education) for Southeast Asian countries
has been going on since 1978 and the last one was the 9th (held in Manila
last year). Other initiatives include EARCOME (East Asian Regional
Conference on Mathematics Education) for East Asian countries and several
regular activities in Australasia and Brunei.

In this light, TSG 22 aims to first look at the past, focusing on the
organization of math education in individual countries and the region as a
whole. What are the trends and issues that have come up in the various
conferences and research publications (for example, the recurring topics
taken up at
SEACME and EARCOME)? To help us reflect on these, two major papers will be
written by the co-chairs. Prof. Zhang will focus on concerns in East Asia,
including mathematics competitions, the role of examinations, and the
influence of the Confucian heritage on mathematics teaching and learning.
[See ] Fr. Nebres will focus
on trends in Southeast Asia, including efforts at teacher training and
raising student competence levels. These two papers will be posted in the
TSG 22 website. Copies of these papers will also be made available during
the conference to those who will participate in TSG 22.

TSG 22 will also look forward to the future. It will seek to identify
concerns of organization and issues that will be important for mathematics
in Asia in the future. These will be discussed with an eye towards the
joint SEACME and EARCOME to be held in Singapore in 2002. A selected panel
from different countries will lead a discussion on these issues.


We are inviting papers for TSG 22. Due to time limitations, we have decided
to invite papers, but not for oral presentation. All papers accepted will
be posted on the TSG-22 website before the actual conference. The authors
of the selected papers may also wish to distribute hard copies of their
during the sessions to the participants. We assure the participants that
issues presented in accepted papers will be part of the discussion during
the sessions.

Note: If enough time remains after the co-chairs, reactors and panelists
have presented their papers, then interested participants may be invited to
present their papers for approximately 5 minutes each.

Papers should be submitted electronically to the following three e-mail
addresses by March 30, 2000:

There will be an acknowledgement of accepted papers by April 30, 2000.


The proposed format for the two 90-minute TSG 22 sessions is as follows:

SESSION 1: The co-chairs present their papers (20 minutes each, 40 minutes
for both). Two selected reactors will comment on the presentations (10
minutes each, 20 minutes for both). An open forum will then follow,
highlighting the trends and issues brought forth by the presentors,
including the
concerns of the other participants (especially those whose papers have been

SESSION 2: Four panelists discuss issues of the future (10 minutes each, 40
minutes for all). Reactors will comment on the presentations (5 minutes
each, 20 minutes for all). An open forum will then follow, focusing on the
issues brought forth by the presentors, including the concerns of the other
participants (especially those whose papers have been accepted).

Please direct your queries regarding TSG 22 to any of the e-mail addresses
given above.

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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