[ICMI-News] ICMI News 16b: March 2011

J Carvalho e Silva jaimecs at mat.uc.pt
Mon Feb 28 23:17:02 CET 2011

ICMI News 16b: March 2011

Special issue on the Discussion Groups of "ICME-12".

A call for ICME 12 Discussion Groups

Contrary to past ICME practice, Discussion Groups for ICME-12 will be 
created in response to a proposal submitted by a group of up to five 
persons representing a diverse region of the world.
As their name suggests, Discussion Groups (DGs) are designed to 
gather Congress participants who are interested in discussing, in a 
genuinely interactive way, certain challenging, controversial or 
emerging issues and dilemmas of interest to an international or 
regional audience. The focus of DGs should be distinct from the 
subjects covered in the Topic Study Groups (TSG) (see TSG listing 
attached) but could discuss a specific issue in greater detail than 
that of a TSG.  Each DG will be allocated two time slots of 90 
minutes each during the Congress.

A proposal should include
-- Description of the background and expertise of the proposed organizers
-- Detailed description of the topic including anticipated aims and a 
rationale for the topic
-- Key questions and issues for the DG to consider
-- A precise description of the anticipated structure that will be 
used to manage the discussion during the two sessions, taking into 
account there will be no oral presentations in a DG except 
introductions by the organizers of the group to provide the 
background and framework for the discussion.

Application forms are available on the website (http://icme12.org). 
Members of the organizing team must conform to the ICME custom that a 
person may only play one major (TSG, DG, Survey Team, Panel, plenary 
and regular lecture) and one minor role (poster presentation & other 
forms of contribution to the scientific program) at ICME. Note that 
proposing a DG will be considered a major role. Proposals should be 
received by the International Program Committee (IPC) by June 30, 
2011. Proposals will be reviewed in accordance to the relevance of 
the topic to an international audience, the diversity and expertise 
of the proposed organizing team, and the format proposed for the 
discussion. Proposers will be notified of acceptance by August 15, 

Tasks for Organizing Teams (OT)
The OT will be expected to:
* Set up and maintain the DG web page
Before the congress, the discussion group organizing team will post 
their page at the ICME-12 web site (http://icme12.org ) including 
contributions that define, limit, and/or present basic premises, 
theoretical considerations, research findings, viewpoints and facts 
that should be accounted for if a fruitful discussion is to be 
attained. Prior to the congress, participants can send individual 
contributions to the organizers for consideration as additional 
background information and may raise questions or participate in an 
exchange of ideas through the web site.
* Produce a progress report by December 30, 2011
* Submit a final version of the DG presentation to be included in the 
Final program booklet. The final version must be sent to the Local 
Organizing Committee by April 10th, 2012. This description for the 
Final Program booklet should be between one and two pages (700 to 
1,400 words) with the following:
   a) Name of DG and composition of the organizing team
   b) General description of the program for this DG; that is the 
aims, scope, list of main questions it addresses, the rationale which 
guided the OT in arriving at the program, and so on.
   c) The program of the DG, that is, the manner in which the 
discussion is organized and distributed in the two sessions.
* Organize and manage the DG sessions during the Congress
* Produce a final report for the ICME-12 Proceedings

Deadline summary:
-- June 30, 2011	Proposal submission
-- August 15, 2011	Notification of acceptance
-- December 30, 2011	Progress report
-- April 10, 2012	Final version of the DG program submitted to 
Local Organizing Committee

An IPC liaison will be appointed for each DG. The role of the IPC 
liaison officer is to support and be an important resource on how a 
DG works. Another source for information and guidance in planning a 
DG are the websites of recent ICMEs (see http://icme11.org and 
Thank you for your willingness to contribute to the success of 
ICME-12. We are looking forward to an energetic exchange of ideas and 
information through the Discussion Groups.

Topic Study Groups for ICME-12

TSG 1: Mathematics education at preschool level
TSG 2: Mathematics education at tertiary level and access to tertiary level
TSG 3: Activities and programs for gifted students
TSG 4: Activities and programs for students with special needs
TSG 5: Mathematics education in and for work
TSG 6: Mathematics literacy
TSG 7: Teaching and learning of number systems and arithmetic - 
focusing especially on primary education
TSG 8: Measurement - focusing especially on primary education
TSG 9: Teaching and learning of algebra
TSG 10: Teaching and learning of geometry
TSG 11: Teaching and learning of probability
TSG 12: Teaching and learning of statistics
TSG 13: Teaching and learning of calculus
TSG 14: Reasoning, proof and proving in mathematics education
TSG 15: Problem solving in mathematics education
TSG 16: Visualization in the teaching and learning of mathematics
TSG 17: Mathematical applications and modelling in the teaching and 
learning of mathematics
TSG 18: Analysis of uses of technology in the teaching of mathematics
TSG 19: Analysis of uses of technology in the learning of mathematics
TSG 20: The role of history of mathematics in mathematics education
TSG 21: Research on classroom practice
TSG 22: Learning and cognition in mathematics
TSG 23: Mathematical knowledge for teaching at primary level
TSG 24: Mathematical knowledge for teaching at secondary level
TSG 25: In-services education, professional development of mathematics teachers
TSG 26: Preservice mathematical education of teachers
TSG 27: Motivation, beliefs and attitudes towards mathematics and its teaching
TSG 28: Language and communication in mathematics education
TSG 29: Gender and mathematics education
TSG 30: Mathematics education in a multilingual and multicultural environment
TSG 31: Task design and analysis
TSG 32: Mathematics curriculum development
TSG 33: Assessment and testing in mathematics education
TSG 34: The role of mathematical competitions and other challenging 
contexts in the teaching and learning of mathematics
TSG 35: The history of the teaching and learning of mathematics
TSG 36: The role of ethnomathematics in mathematics education
TSG 37: Theoretical issues in mathematics education

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