Topic Study Group 37:
New trends in mathematics education research
F202 Room
  • Pang Ming Fai (China)
  • Carolyn Maher (USA)
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Team members:
  • Mogens Niss (Denmark)
  • K Subramaniam (India)
  • Romulo Lins (Brazil)
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Second Call for papers

Dear Colleagues,

We invite you to join our group on new trends in mathematics education research at the International Congress on Mathematical Education (ICME) in Monterrey, Mexico, July 6 – 13, 2008. To express interest in submitting a paper, we ask you to send a 1-page letter of interest to Topic Study Group 37 (TSG 37), New Trends in Mathematics Education Research by February 1.

In addressing new trends in mathematics education, we suggest, as examples, the following:

  1. New trends in methodologies This might include expanding existing methods, combining existing methods, changing emphases on existing methods, etc;
  2. New trends in concerns about the outcomes of mathematics education research; new trends in policy decisions in light of research findings, etc
  3. New trends in research issues. This might include new kinds of research questions, new kinds of recipients of mathematics education, new content, new collaboratives, etc.
  4. New trends in conceptualizing the field of mathematics education as a discipline and in relation to other fields, new views on institutionalization, etc.
  5. New trends in how theoretical frameworks frame the research.

Brief papers will be due on the TSG 37 website no later than January 10, 2008.

The TSG 37 Team looks forward to your participation.

  • Carolyn A. MAHER, USA (, Chair
  • PANG Ming Fai, Hong Kong (, Chair
  • Romulo LINS, Brazil, (
  • Mogens NISS, Denmark (
  • K.Subramaniam, India (
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Proposals by
  • 1. Pang Ming Fai, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR, CHINA
  • 2. Carolyn Maher, Robert B. Davis Institute for Learning, U.S.A.
  • 3. K. Subramaniam, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, INDIA
  • 4. Nadine Bednarz, Université du Québec à Montréal and Jean-François Maheux, Victoria University, CANADA
  • 5. Bal Chandra Luitel, Kathmandu University, NEPAL & Peter Taylor, Curtin University of Technology, AUSTRALIA
  • 6. Clive Kanes, King’s College London, U.K.
  • 7. Heloisa da Silva and Antonio Vicente Marafioti Garnica, São Paulo State University at Bauru, BRAZIL
  • 8. John Francisco, University of Massachusetts, U.S.A.
  • 9. Linda J. Anthony and Marjory F. Palius, Robert B. Davis Institute for Learning, U.S.A.
  • 10. Zeynep Ebrar Yetkiner, Texas A&M University; Robert M. Capraro, Texas A&M University; Linda R. Zientek, Sam Houston State University and Bruce Thompson, Texas A&M University, U.S.A.
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First session – July 8th (60 min) Tuesday

12:00 to 13:00h Activities

  • 12:00 – 12:15h Organization to the work and introduction to the theme by Co-chairs
  • 12:15 – 12:40h Paper 1: Using Discourse Analysis to Study Learning Communities in Cross-Disciplinary and other Divergent Contexts Marjory F. Palius, Linda J. Anthony, Carolyn A. Maher, and Prabhas V. Moghe, USA
  • 12:40 – 13:00h Critical reaction by team member 1 (John Francisco) and floor discussion

Second session – July 9th (90 min) Wednesday

12:00 to 13:30h Activities

  • 12:00 – 12:25h Paper 2: Using Learning Study grounded on the Variation Theory to Improve Students’ Mathematical Understanding Ming Fai Pang, China
  • 12:25 – 12:50h Paper 3: Frameworks and Contexts: The Making of Theoretical Models in Mathematics Education Research Jean-François Maheux & Nadine Bednarz, Canada
  • 12:50 – 13:30h Critical reaction by team members 2 (K. Subramaniam) & 3 (Zeynep Ebrar Yetkiner) and floor discussion

Third session – July 11th (60 min) Friday

12:30 to 13:30h Activities

  • 12:30 – 12:55h Paper 4: Drawing from Cognitive Research for Curriculum Design K. Subramaniam, India
  • 12:55 – 13:30h Critical reaction by team member 4 (Carolyn A. Maher) and floor discussion

Last session – July 12th (90 min) Saturday

12:00 to 13:30h Activities

  • 12:00 – 12:25h Paper 5: The Interplay of Mathematical Beliefs and Behaviors: Insights from a Case Study John Francisco, USA
  • 12:25 – 12:50h Paper 6: Effect Size and Confidence Interval Reporting Practices in Mathematics EducationnZeynep Ebrar Yetkiner, Robert M. Capraro, Linda Reichwein Zientek & Bruce Thompson, USA
  • 12:50 – 13:20h Critical reaction by team members 5 (Jean-François Maheux) & 6 (Marjory F. Palius) and floor discussion
  • 13:20 – 13:30h Floor Discussion: Perspectives for the future
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