[ICMI-News] ICMI News 7: December 2008

J Carvalho e Silva jaimecs at mat.uc.pt
Sat Jan 3 22:08:44 CET 2009

ICMI News 7: December 2008

A Bimonthly Email Newsletter from the 
ICMI-International Commission on Mathematical 
Editor: Jaime Carvalho e Silva, Dep. Matematica, 
Universidade de Coimbra, Portugal


1. Editorial: ICMI News - first anniversary
2. In memoriam --- André Revuz
3. Two new ICMI Study volumes now available
4. Purchasing the NISS volumes: how to obtain the ICMI discount
5. Latest news about PME Newsletters
6. Announcement of New Journal and Call for Papers
7. Second Announcement and Call for Papers for Dresden 2009 Conference
8. Journal of Urban Mathematics Education: inaugural issue
9. Calendar of Events of Interest to the ICMI Community
10. Subscribing to ICMI News


1.  Editorial: ICMI News - first anniversary

ICMI News was launched in December 2007 and its 
Editor, Jaime Carvalho e Silva, then asked me to 
write the first editorial.  Since that time, ICMI 
News has appeared regularly every two months, 
disseminating information about current 
activities of ICMI and of its Affiliated Study 
Groups, about events of interest to the 
mathematics education community, providing also 
some snapshots on the history of ICMI. The number 
of subscriptions regularly increased, being now 
of 1042, and for extending the outreach of ICMI 
News beyond the sole audience of English 
speakers, non-English versions are progressively 
being made accessible, in the image of the 
Portuguese version launched by the Portuguese 
ICMI Sub-Commission. Today, one year after the 
publication of the first issue, additional 
efforts must be made in order to have ICMI News 
reach all those potentially interested in ICMI 
activities, but a significant step has already 
been achieved, and I would like to thank all 
those who have contributed in making this project 
of the ICMI Executive Committee become reality.

The year 2008 has been for ICMI an exceptional 
year, with the celebration of its centennial at 
the Academia dei Lincei in Roma in March; the 
ICME-11 congress taking place for the first time 
in Latin-America in Monterrey (Mexico) in July; 
the satellite conferences of two of its 
Affiliated Study Groups, PME and HPM, in Morelia 
and Mexico City; the completion of ICMI Studies 
15 and 16 (on teacher education and development 
and on challenging mathematics) through the 
publication of the Study volumes; the conference 
of the joint ICMI-IASE Study 18 on statistics 
education; the launching of the joint ICMI-ICIAM 
Study 20 on educational interfaces between 
mathematics and industry and of ICMI Study 21 on 
the teaching and learning of mathematics in 
multilingual contexts; the design of the joint 
ICMI-IMU Klein project whose ambition is to 
revisit Felix Klein's seminal reflection on 
mathematical knowledge for teaching in the light 
of mathematical, technological and educational 
advances; and for the first time in ICMI history 
the election of the next ICMI Executive by the 
General Assembly of ICMI.  But nothing would have 
been possible without the thousands of members of 
the ICMI community who have engaged in these 
activities and ensured their success, and I would 
like to express here the deepest gratitude of the 
ICMI Executive to all those who have contributed 
to the recent actions of ICMI.

At the time when ICMI is entering the second 
century of its life, I am deeply convinced that, 
thanks to the commitment, expertise and diversity 
of the community it gathers, thanks to the values 
of collaboration and exchange it relies on, ICMI 
can and must play a major role for addressing the 
challenges faced today by mathematics education 
worldwide.  In 2009, within the ICMI EC, we will 
go on trying to do our best for progressing in 
that direction and for making our vision for 
mathematics education become reality.

With my best wishes for the New Year,

Michèle Artigue, President of ICMI, artigue at math.jussieu.fr


2. In memoriam ---  André Revuz

André Revuz, who has been a member of the 
Executive Committee of the International 
Commission on Mathematical Instruction (ICMI) at 
the time of the Presidency of Hans Freudenthal 
(1967-1970), and certainly one of his closest 
collaborators in that EC, passed away on October 
27th. Beyond his role in ICMI at a crucial time 
of its history --- when the necessity of 
considering mathematics education as a genuine 
field of research and practice emerged, when the 
first ICME Congress in Lyon in 1969 was organized 
and the journal "Educational Studies in 
Mathematics" created --- André Revuz has played a 
major role in mathematics education in France. 
All along his life, he has put his remarkable 
energy and talent at the service of mathematics 
education, deeply convinced that mathematics 
could be and had to be made accessible to all 
students. Strongly engaged in the New Math 
movement, member of the "Commission Lichnerowicz" 
in charge of curricular reform, he became soon 
convinced of the crucial role played by teacher 
preparation and continuous professional 
development. He was thus one of the builders of 
the IREMs (Institutes of Research in Mathematics 
Education) from 1969, an original university 
structure in France where professional 
mathematicians, teachers, mathematics educators 
and historians work together, and where from the 
beginning research and practice, as well as 
research and teacher training, have been tightly 
connected. He became the first director of the 
IREM Paris 7 in 1969 and made this IREM a leading 
institution in the national network. In 1975, he 
was also one of the builders of the first master 
and doctorate programs in the didactics of 
mathematics in France, and strongly supported the 
institutional acknowledgement of research and 
researchers in that area at a time most 
university mathematicians were reluctant to do 
so. And, even after retiring, he never stopped to 
be the tireless militant of the cause of 
mathematics education that he had been all along 
his career, he never lost his capability of 
rebelling against positions or curricular 
decisions that he considered damaging for 
mathematics education. In 2002, nearly 90, he 
engaged himself in the creation of a collective 
called "ActionSciences", grouping teacher 
associations and academic societies representing 
the different scientific domains, and acting for 
mathematics and science education of high quality 
for all students.

I personally met André Revuz for the first time 
when I entered the Ecole Normale Supérieure where 
he was teaching Analysis and Topology. Some years 
later, as I had been recruited at the mathematics 
department at the University Paris 7, he proposed 
me to join the IREM team on a part time basis, 
and then to organize with two other colleagues 
the teaching of mathematics in a new experimental 
elementary school attached to the IREM. This was 
how I began to engage in research in mathematics 
education. From that time, he has always 
supported my research work in that area, 
encouraged me to prepare a Doctorat d'Etat, and 
smoothed the way to it. He will remain for me my 
father in the field, and a person to whom I vow 
the greatest admiration. I have interviewed him 
last year on the occasion of the centennial of 
ICMI and those who understand French can access 
this interview on the historical website about 
ICMI (http://www.icmihistory.unito.it/).

Michèle Artigue, President of ICMI, artigue at math.jussieu.fr


3. Two new ICMI Study volumes now available

Two volumes resulting from recent ICMI studies have just become available.

-- New ICMI Study Series Vol. 11
"The Professional Education and Development of 
Teachers of Mathematics: The 15th ICMI Study."
Ruhama Even and Deborah Loewenberg Ball (Eds.)
2009.  ISBN: 978-0-387-09600-1

Table of contents:
The preparation of teachers.- Student teachers' 
experiences and early years of teaching.- 
Mathematics educators' activities and knowledge.- 
Development of teaching in and from practice.- 
Processes of learning in and from practice.- 
Models, tools, and strategies to support learning 
in and from practice.- Balance of mathematical 
content and pedagogy.- Key issues for research in 
the education and professional development of 
teachers of mathematics.

-- New ICMI Study Series Vol. 12
"Challenging Mathematics In and Beyond the Classroom: The 16th ICMI Study."
Edward J. Barbeau and Peter J. Taylor (Eds.)
2009.  ISBN: 978-0-387-09602-5

Table of contents:
Challenging problems: Mathematical content and 
sources.- Presentation of Challenges Beyond the 
Classroom: Organizational issues.- Challenging 
Mathematics Beyond the Classroom Enhanced by 
Technological Environments.- Challenging Tasks 
and Mathematical Learning: Role of the student.- 
Mathematics in Context: Focusing on students in 
challenging environments.- Teacher Development 
and Mathematical Challenge.- Challenging 
Mathematics Classroom Practices.- Curriculum and 
Assessment: Use of Challenges.

More information is available on the NISS 
Individual members of the ICMI community can 
obtain a substantial discount when purchasing 
these books for personal use --- see below.

Bernard R. Hodgson, Secretary-General of ICMI, bhodgson at mat.ulaval.ca


4. Purchasing the NISS volumes: how to obtain the ICMI discount

Since the 1990s, the volumes resulting from the 
ICMI Studies appear in the "New ICMI Study 
Series" (NISS), now published by Springer 
(formerly Kluwer) under the general editorship of 
the President and Secretary-General of ICMI.

According to the contract between ICMI and 
Springer, "members of the ICMI community" are 
entitled to the ICMI Society Discount, namely
--  a discount of 60% from the list price on each 
NISS series hardbound volume, and
--  a 25% discount on each softbound volume in the series.
The contract wording has been coined so to be as 
inclusive as possible, but it is understood that 
the books thus ordered are for personal use only.

The procedure for obtaining the ICMI society discount is as follows. 

i)  Orders must be placed personally, on the 
Springer website, through the NISS series homepage

ii)  In order to obtain the society discount 
granted to ICMI, individuals should enter the 
respective tokens when asked to during the 
ordering process, under "SpringerToken / 

iii)  The following Token Numbers have been 
issued by Springer for use by the members of the 
ICMI community:

Token for Hardbound: zqwqqJQFWzQ8WqY
Token for Softbound: hAjkrckgWFaEYQA

This discount is not available to institutions or 
when ordering the NISS volumes through a 

Bernard R. Hodgson, Secretary-General of ICMI, bhodgson at mat.ulaval.ca


5. Latest news about PME Newsletters

A year and a half after the last issue, the 
International Committee [IC] of PME is pleased to 
report the revival of PME Newsletters. There will 
be a special issue in January, and there will be 
a return to regular issues in May and November.

At their meetings at PME 32 in Morelia (Mexico), 
the PME IC agreed that the role of PME 
Newsletters is to respond to the immediate needs 
of the membership and the organisation. In this 
respect the new editors will do their best to 
offer the PME community a dynamic and innovative 

Each issue of the PME Newsletter will be no more 
than eight pages in length and should be prepared 
in accessible language. The contents of 
Newsletters might include:
* The following types of articles from the annual conference:
    - summaries of the numbers of: papers 
received, papers accepted, participants, and 
countries represented
    - reactions to plenary sessions
    - reflections on activities of Discussion Groups and Working Sessions
    - reports from other activities taking place
* Reports of the impact or outcomes of the PME 
conference (e.g., books, Special issues of 
journals, workshops etc.).
* Contributions from experts in the PME community 
about their research and developments in their 
fields (e.g., short summaries, interviews, etc.).
* Photos etc. of members and/or happenings related to PME activities
* Announcements of what information can be found 
on the PME website. [It should be noted that the 
information found on the PME website should not 
be duplicated in the newsletter]

These topics will be represented together with the main focus of each issue:
January issue: Post conference issue which will 
include short reports from each PME Portfolio 
Group (President, Vice-president, Treasury and 
Secretary) of what has been done in the (past) 
May issue: Final notification and announcements 
related to the forthcoming annual conference.
November issue: Brief report from the recently held annual conference

On behalf of the PME IC the editors of the PME 
Newsletter encourage members of the mathematics 
education community to contribute to the 
Newsletters, submitting articles (brief reports, 
short summaries, news, books, events, etc) of 
interest to the mathematics education community 
and/or to PME as an organisation.

Contributions should be submitted to both editors 
by email : frade.cristina at gmail.com and 
zwu at nu.edu not later than:
December 28th for the January issue
April 28th for the May issue
October 28th for the November issue

Cristina Frade and Zhonghe Wu, Editors, PME Newsletter


6. Announcement of New Journal and Call for Papers

RIPEM - International Journal for Research in 
Mathematics Education / RIPEM -Revista 
Internacional de Pesquisa em Educação Matemática 
is a new international journal on mathematics 
education. The goal of RIPEM is to provide a new 
forum to publish and access high-quality research 
reports. The papers are expected to report 
findings from empirical research and 
literature-based scholarly articles that advance 
theories and scholarship of Mathematics 
Education. The journal has an acknowledged 
Editorial Board, ensuring high academic standards 
and broad international coverage.

RIPEM is a journal published by the Brazilian 
Society for Mathematics Education, and it will be 
published online and free of charge.

Both emerging and established researchers are 
invited to submit manuscripts to inaugural and 
future issues. All manuscripts should only be 
submitted in English. They will be refereed 
anonymously by at least two referees.

Manuscripts presented in previous conferences 
could be extended and submitted, as long as the 
submission provides a clear contribution beyond 
the conference paper, and the overlap is 
carefully described in the RIPEM submission.

The website of the journal and its web-based 
submission system is already open. In order to 
learn more about the editorial policy and 
submission guidelines, all researchers are 
invited to visit this address:


Although we welcome papers at any time, the 
deadline to submit a manuscript for consideration 
in the inaugural issue is 5th February 2009. All 
efforts will be made to ensure that the 
refereeing and publication processes will be fast 
in order to launch the inaugural issue before the 
end of first semester of 2009.

Jonei Cerqueira Barbosa, joneicb at uol.com.br


7. Second Announcement and Call for Papers for Dresden 2009 Conference

The Mathematics Education into the 21st Century 
Project & The University of Applied Sciences 
(FH), Dresden (Germany) announce the 10th 
(Anniversary!) International Conference: "Models 
in Developing Mathematics Education" to be held 
Sep 11-17, 2009 in Dresden, Saxony, Germany in 
full cooperation with the Saxony Ministry of 
International Organisers: Dr. Alan Rogerson, 
Coordinator of the Mathematics in Society Project 
(Poland) & Prof. Fayez Mina, Faculty of 
Education, Ain Shams University (Egypt). Chair of 
the Local Organising Committee: Prof. Dr. Ludwig 
Paditz of the Dresden University of Applied 
You are warmly invited to attend and present a 
paper at the conference in the heart of the 
historic & beautiful city of Dresden.
The Second Announcement can now be downloaded 
For ALL further conference details and updates 
please email alan at rogerson.pol.pl .


8. Journal of Urban Mathematics Education: inaugural issue

The Editorial Team of the Journal of Urban 
Mathematics Education (JUME) would like to 
announce the launching of its inaugural issue. To 
gain free access to the articles in this issue, 
just register at http://education.gsu.edu/jume 
and you can choose to become a part of the JUME 
community as a reader, author, or reviewer.  We 
look forward to you joining our new family as we 
explore the bounds of the urban domain in 
mathematics education.
JUME Editorial Team

In the first Issue:

Illuminating Urban Excellence: A Movement of 
Change within Mathematics Education, Lou Edward 

Putting the "Urban" in Mathematics Education Scholarship, William F. Tate

Racism, Assessment, and Instructional Practices: 
Implications for Mathematics Teachers of African 
American Students, Julius Davis, Danny Bernard 
Learning Mathematics in a Borderland Position: 
Students' Foregrounds and Intentionality in a 
Brazilian Favela, Ole Skovsmose, Pedro Paulo 
Scandiuzzi, Paola Valero, Helle Alro
Math Links: Building Learning Communities in 
Urban Settings, Jacqueline Leonard, Brian R. Evans
Practices Worthy of Attention: A Search For 
Existence Proofs of Promising Practitioner Work 
in Secondary Mathematics, Pamela L. Paek



9. Calendar of Events of Interest to the ICMI Community

3rd international conference to review research 
on Science, Technology and Mathematics Education
Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education (TIFR), 
Mumbai, India, January 5-9, 2009

CERME 6: Sixth Conference organised by the 
European Society for Research in Mathematics 
University Lyon 1, France, January 27 - February 1, 2009

3rd International Symposium on Mathematics and 
its Connections to the Arts and Sciences
Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada, 21st-23rd of May, 2009

5th Asian Mathematical Conference
Putra World Trade Centre, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, June 22 - 26, 2009

ICTMT-9 - 9th Int Conf on Technology in Mathematics Teaching
Metz, France,  July 6-9, 2009

CIEAEM61 - Commission internationale  pour 
l'étude et l'amélioration de l'enseignement des 
Université de MONTRÉAL, Montréal, Québec, Canada,  July 26-31, 2009

ICTMA 14 - 14th International Conference on the 
Teaching of Mathematical Modelling and 
University of Hamburg, Germany, July 27-31, 2009

SEMT '09 - 10th bi-annual conference on Elementary Mathematics Teaching,
"The development of mathematical understanding"
Prague, August 23-28, 2009

"Models in Developing Mathematics Education"
The Mathematics Education into the 21st Century Project
Dresden, Saxony, Germany, September 11-17, 2009
<mailto:arogerson at inetia.pl>alan at rogerson.pol.pl

SRD'09 - Southern Right Delta'09
7th Southern Hemisphere Conference on the Teaching
and Learning of Undergraduate Mathematics and Statistics
Gordons Bay, South Africa, 29 November-4 December 2009



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