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NATIONAL INITIATIVE ON MATHEMATICS EDUCATION (NIME – 2011-2012)


Conference Website: http://www.hbcse.tifr.res.in/nimenc



NATIONAL INITIATIVE ON MATHEMATICS EDUCATION (NIME – 2011-2012)

 

NATIONAL CONFERENCE ON MATHEMATICS EDUCATION

20-22, January 2012

Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education (TIFR), Mumbai

Mathematics is regarded as a core part of the school curriculum across the world. In higher education, it is part of the core curriculum for a wide range of basic and professional courses. However, it is also widely perceived as a difficult subject, to be tolerated rather than learned and appreciated. As a school subject it is a major hurdle in passing the final qualifying examination. Many teachers, educators and mathematicians have responded to the challenge of teaching mathematics effectively in diverse ways: some have developed powerful pedagogical approaches or learning materials, some have introduced innovations in their teaching, some have worked with teachers, some with students, and some have taken up research to understand more deeply the teaching and learning of mathematics.

To take account of these initiatives, a National Conference on Mathematics Education is being organized at HBCSE, TIFR from January 20-22, 2012, as a part of the National Initiative in Mathematics Education (NIME).

The conference is being held in the backdrop of the forthcoming International Congress on Mathematics Education (ICME-12) to be held in July 2012 in South Korea. The ICME Congresses, which are supported by the International Mathematical Union (IMU), are held once every four years. They are among the most important and largest fora bringing together the community working in mathematics education across the world to discuss the current status and trends in mathematics education research and in the practice of mathematics teaching at all levels.

The proceedings of the National Conference NIME-NC, will provide inputs for a report on the status of mathematics education in India, which is being compiled under the auspices of the Indian National Science Academy. This will form the basis of the National Presentation by India to be made at ICME-12.

The broad objective of the conference is to report on the status of mathematics education in India at all levels of education: primary, secondary and tertiary, especially with regard to the themes listed below.

  1. Historical and Cultural aspects of mathematics and mathematics education: This will include historical contributions to mathematics, folk and ethnomathematics, mathematics education in pre-colonial India, and the colonial encounter in textbooks and pedagogy.

  2. Systemic and policy aspects of education: This will include an introduction to general structures of education in India, critical issues, selection and board examination systems, assessment culture, the “coaching industry”, language policy, gender issues, regional diversity, equity policies and measures adopted by the Central and State Governments.

  3. Curriculum and pedagogy at various levels: At school level, the National Curriculum Framework 2005, recently revised state curricula, the impact of these on classroom ethos will be discussed. At all levels, the forces shaping curricula, and diverse innovations and experiments in pedagogy and research will be highlighted. Nurture and enrichment programmes, especially at the secondary and tertiary levels, will be discussed.

  4. Teacher education and development: This will include discussions of the reality of a large number of schools and shortfall of trained teachers; issues of content knowledge of teachers; structural challenges in teacher education; emergence of teachers’ networks; the impact of nation wide programs like the Sarva Shikhsa Abhiyaan and other similar initiatives at the national or regional level. Historical perspectives on the development of teacher education and in-service teacher development of mathematics teachers are also included.

We invite teachers, educators, mathematicians and mathematics education researchers to participate in the conference by submitting a paper on any of the themes listed above.

How to submit a paper

For all forms of presentations, authors need to submit a written extended abstract of about 2000 words online at the webpage: http://www.hbcse.tifr.res.in/nimenc. Alternatively, they may download, print and complete the form and send it along with the abstract by email to nimenc@hbcse.tifr.res.in. The abstract should summarize the content of their presentation, and in the case of poster presentation, describe what the exhibited materials will consist of. Authors need to indicate which of the following modes will be used for presentation:

  1. Oral presentation: The time available for oral presentation is 15 minutes + 5 minutes for discussion.

  2. Poster exhibition: These may include posters and other exhibits such as learning materials, resources, etc.

  3. Presentation by circulation: The paper will be circulated before the conference and a time will be allocated for discussion, but there will be no oral presentation.

For submissions that have been selected for oral presentation or presentation by circulation, a final written version of the paper must be submitted before 31st December, 2011.

 

Deadlines and important dates

Submission of proposal: 21st November 2011

Notification of acceptance of proposal: 5th December 2011

Registration: 15th December 2011

Final submission of written paper: 31st December 2011

The funds for the conference are limited. We will try to provide travel support and local hospitality for a limited number of participants. If you need support from the conference organizers, please fill up the relevant form and submit it by email before 5th December 2011.



National Program Committee

  1. Parvin Sinclair (Chair), IGNOU, New Delhi

  2. R. Ramanujam, IMSC, Chennai

  3. Anita Rampal, University of Delhi

  4. S. Kumaresan, University of Hyderabad

  5. Vinay Kantha, Bihar National College, Patna

  6. Jayashree Ramadas, Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education, Mumbai

  7. Hridaykant Dewan, Vidya Bhavan Society, Udaipur,

  8. Vijaykumar Ambat, Cochin University of Science and Technology

  9. Vinayak Sholapurkar, S.P. College, Pune

  10. Geetha Venkataraman, Ambedkar University, Delhi

  11. Baba Kumar Sarma, IIT, Gauhati

  12. K. Subramaniam, Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education, Mumbai

  13. Jayasree Subramanian, Ekalavya, Bhopal



Local Organizing Committee (HBCSE, Mumbai)

  1. K. Subramaniam (Chair)

  2. Chitra Natarajan

  3. Aaloka Kanhere

  4. Manoj Nair

  5. Meena Kharatmal
  6. Madhavi Gaitonde



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