As part of a three-day NSTF Discussion Forum on STEM education at school level, a two-day reflective symposium on the Challenges of and opportunities for reform in numeracy and early algebra education will be held in Johannesburg during August 2018. The purpose of the symposium will be to develop advocacies about reform that may support teachers and curriculum practitioners in their efforts to provide best for learners.
For the purposes of the symposium, reform is understood as a shift towards goals and classroom practices such as those advocated in the theories of Realistic Mathematics Education(Holland), Didactical situations(France) Problem-centred learning(USA and South Africa) and Cognitively-guided instruction(USA)
These and related theories
- value operational fluencyas well as rational sensemaking, deep conceptual understandings, learner autonomy, strategic competence, adaptive reasoning and productive disposition.
- articulate and advocate classroom practices that promote the attainment of the above goals by
- capitalising on learner’s active productions when they engage with rich and challenging situations that are realistic to them,
- nurturing reflective practices of learning and doing mathematics,
- active monitoring of learner productions by the teacher and utilisation of opportunites for productive whole class discussions,
- guiding and supporting learners towards increasing sophistication of their mathematical practices
Paul Cobb is Research professor at University of Vanderbilt USA (Winner of the Hans Freudenthal Medal of the International Commission on Mathematical Instruction in 2005)
Koeno Gravemeijer is Emeritus professor at University of Eindhoven, Netherlands. Prof Gravemeijer’s presentation will include the main points of the paper Shortcomings of mathematics education reform in the Netherlands, which provided the original impetus for setting up the symposium.
Hamsa Venkatakrishnanis SA Numeracy Chair at University of the Witwatersrand
Alwyn Olivieris Editor-in-chief of Pythagoras, past President of Amesa
Satsope Maotois Acting Executive Dean, Faculty of Humanities, University of Limpopo
(The presentation will include the main points of the paper Shortcomings of mathematics education reform in the Netherlands)
The NSTF will host a three-day NSTF Discussion Forum on STEM education at school level,
in Johannesburg on 6-8 August 2018.
Monday 6 August
proSET is arranging a day-long discussion forum to kick off the symposium – focusing on STEM education in South Africa, and are inviting DBE and DHET to engage with the audience on their concerns about STEM education in general and throughout all levels of school education. See the preliminary programme at the end of this document. This day is also intended to promote interaction with professional societies who are members of proSET/NSTF, especially engineering institutions. You are encouraged as a maths education person to attend this first day and engage based on your experience and interest.
Tuesday 7 and Wednesday 8 August
The Ukuqonda Institute, in collaboration with Wits Maths Connect, is arranging a two-day reflective symposium on the Challenges of and opportunities for reform in numeracy and early algebra education. The purpose of the symposium will be to develop advocacies about reform that may support teacher trainers, student and in-service teachers and curriculum practitioners in their efforts to provide best for learners.
The program will consist of plenary addresses by Paul Cobb, Koeno Gravemeijer, Hamsa Venkatakrishnan, Alwyn Olivier and Satsope Maoto, parallel presentations of papers submitted by participants, and group and plenary discussions ensuing from presentations and reading material circulated prior to the symposium.
The symposium is intended to be an occasion for intensive deliberation on what makes reform difficult and how such difficulties may be addressed, rather than a presentation of new research data. Prospective representers are encouraged to submit papers of theoretical and reflective nature. Please submit proposals in the form of 2 - 8 page double-spaced texts in both MS Word and pdf format. Deadline for submission of proposals to present a 30 minute paper at the symposium: 14 July 2018
Proposals will be screened immediately on receipt and the result communicated within 3 days of receipt.
Registration to be handled via NSTF website, details to follow. Day 1 is free of charge.
Day 2 and 3: A registration fee of R800 for days 2 and 3 will be payable on formal registration, to provide for refreshments, lunch and conference materials.
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