Program: Scientific and Social

THE SCIENTIFIC PROGRAM (Download available as DOC here or PDF here.)

The scientific program includes the following activities:

Plenary Sessions

Plenary addresses
Plenary panel

Personal Presentations

Research Forums (RF)
Research Reports (RR)
Short Oral Communications (SO)
Poster presentations (P)

Group Activities

Discussion Groups (DG)
Workings Sessions (WS)

The working language of the Conference will be English. Papers for the proceedings are written and presented in English. However, colleagues, including the presenter, are welcome to contribute to discussions and questions following the presentation of a Research Report or a Short Oral Communication in their first language, provided that translation is possible by someone present in the session.

Plenary Sessions The theme for the PME27 Conference is “Navigating Between Theory and Practice”. The plenary sessions will represent a variety of perspectives relevant to the PME community. There will be five invited plenary addresses and a plenary panel discussion. The plenary speakers and chair of the plenary panel are noted below. Where availabe the title is also provided.

Research Forums (RF) The goal of a Research Forum is to create dialogue and discussion, by offering PME members more elaborated presentations, reactions, and discussions on topics on which substantial research has been undertaken and which continue to hold the active interest of a large subgroup of PME. Two 90-minute slots will be devoted to each Research Forum. A Research Forum is not supposed to be a collection of presentations but to convey an overview of an area of research, its main current questions and perspectives.

For the PME27 Conference, the Program Committee and the International Committee selected the topics and co-ordinators of the Research Forum. The following Research Forums are being organized for PME27:

RF1 Perceptuo-Motor Activity and Imagination in Mathematics Learning

    Co-ordinators: Ricardo Nemirovsky (USA) & Marcelo Borba (Brazil)

RF2 Equity, Mathematics Learning and Technology

Co-ordinators: Colleen Vale (Australia), Helen Forgasz (Australia), & Gilah Leder (Australia)

Research Reports Each Research Report is allotted a total time of 40 minutes: 20 minutes for the oral presentation and 20 minutes for discussion. Two types of papers are suitable for Research Reports, reports of studies (observational, ethnographic, experimental, quasi-experimental, and case studies are all suitable) and theoretical and philosophical essays. There are 176 research reports scheduled for presentation at PME27.

Short Oral Communications Some research may more appropriately be communicated by means of a Short Oral Communication rather than by means of a full Research Report. Each communication is allotted a total time of 15 minutes: 10 minutes for the oral presentation and 5 minutes for questions or comments. When possible, the presentations are grouped by themes, and a discussion period of 15 minutes completes each group of presentations. there are 80 short oral communications scheduled for PME27.

Poster Presentations Poster Presentations are available for those whose work is more suitably communicated in a pictorial or graphical format, rather than through an oral presentation. There is no formal oral presentation associated with posters, although there will be a time allotted, after sufficient display time, during which presenters will be available by their posters for informal discussion with conference participants. A poster may present research projects, software developments, curricular innovations, educational programs, etc., related to the Psychology of Mathematics Education.

Pacific Island Scholars' Posters The Pacific Island Scholars, a group of 27 mathematics educators from across the the western Pacific, have prepared specialized posters that depict their culture and issues relevant to mathematics education. The Pacific Island Scholars attendance at PME27 is financed through a grant from the National Science Foundation (0209393). Typically, the scholars are two college instructors and the mathematics specialist representing the nine Pacific island communities of American Samoa, the Republic of Palau, the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI), Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI), and the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) that includes the states of Yap, Chuuk, Pohnpei, and Kosrae. There are nine Pacific Island Posters in a special display area of the Convention Center.

Group Activities
The aim of the group activities is to achieve greater exchange of information and ideas related to the Psychology of Mathematics Education. There are two types of activities:

Both types of groups will be allotted the same amount of time for sessions during the conference: two 90-minute slots. For more details see below.

Working Sessions (WS) This group activity has the aim to ensure that PME participants engage collaboratively in a joint activity. Each Working Session should be consistent with the aims of PME and ensure maximum involvement for participants. The sessions are designed to be hands-on experiences and activities. A brief description of the Working Sessions appears in the May PME News. The following working sessions are scheduled for PME27:

WS1 Embodiment in mathematics: metaphor and gesture
Coordinators: Laurie Edwards (USA), Janete Bolite Frant (Brazil) and Stephan R. Campbell (Canada)

WS2 Exploring alternative interpretations of classroom data
Coordinators: Chris Breen (South Africa) and Markku Hannula (Finland)

WS3 Models and modeling working session
Coordinators: Richard Lesh (USA), Guadalupe Carmona, Helen Doer (USA), Lyn English (Australia), Margret Hjalmarson (USA), Susan Lamon (USA), Richard Lehrer (USA), Thomas Post (USA), Judith Zawojewski

WS4 Researching the teaching and learning of mathematics in multilingual classrooms
Coordinators: Richard Barwell (UK), Anjum Halai (Pakistan), Mamokgethi Setati (South Africa)

WS5 Symbolic cognition in advanced mathematics
Coordinators: Stephen J. Hegedus (USA), David O. Tall (UK), Ted Eisenberg (Israel), and
Gary Davis (Australia)

WS6 The complexity of learning to reason probabilistically
Coordinators: Hollylynne Stohl (USA) and James E. Tarr (USA)

WS7 The design and uses of curriculum materials
Coordinators: Yeping Li (USA) and Karen Fuson (USA)

WS8 The role of syntax and technology in the development of algebraic reasoning in the early grades (K-8)
Coordinators: John Olive (USA), Maria Blanton (USA), and Jim Kaput (USA)

WS9 Understanding learning through teaching in the mathematics classroom
Coordinators: Anne Cockburn (UK) and Fran Lopez-Real (UK)

WS10 Videopapers: an emerging way to publish and conduct research and classroom analysis
Coordinators: Daniel Cogan-Drew and Ricardo Nemirovsky (USA)

Discussion Groups The objective of a Discussion Group is to provide the opportunity for people to work constructively together. They may begin with short synopses of research work, or five to ten pressing questions, or provocative prompts (such as a short video clip), which aim to elicit engagement on the part of all the participants. The main purpose is critical discussion. The group activities should not be a series of short oral presentations by a number of researchers. A brief description of the Discussion Groups appears in the May PME News. The following Discussion Groups are scheduled for PME27

DG1 Examining theses
Co-ordinators: Helen Forgasz (Australia) and Kathleen Hart (UK)
(A continuation from PME26

DG2 Facilitating conceptual change in mathematics
Co-ordinators: Erkki Pehkonen (Finland), Kaarina Merenluoto (Finland), and Marianna Tzekaki (Greece)
(A continuation from PME26)

DG3 Fostering the mathematical thinking of young children: Pre-K-2
Coordinators: Robert P. Hunting (USA) and Catherine A. Pearn (Australia)

DG4 Integrated mathematics and science: Setting a research agenda
Coordinators: Karen Marrongelle (USA) and Brian Keller (USA)

DG5 Integrating equity and complex social problems in mathematics teacher education
Coordinators: Vilma Mesa (Columbia) and Shari Saunders (USA)

DG6 Research on gender and mathematics from multiple perspectives
Coordinators: Joanne Becker (USA) and Ferdinand Rivera (USA)

DG7 Semiotic and socio-cultural evolution of mathematical concepts
Coordinators: Adalira Saenz-Ludlow (USA) and Norma Presmeg (USA)

DG8 Stochastical thinking, learning and teaching
Co-ordinators: Michael Shaughnessy (USA) and Jane Watson (Australia)
(A continuation from PME26)

DG9 The messy work of studying professional development: the conversation continues
Coordinators: Catherine A. Brown (USA), Rebecca McGraw (USA), and Fran Arbaugh (USA)

DG10 The rise and fall of mathematics education research
Coordinator: Anne Teppo (USA) and Carole LaCampagne (USA)

DG11 The role of mathematics education in social exclusion: reviewing the interface between psychological
and sociological research paradigms.
Coordinators: Peter Gates (UK), Tansy Hardy (UK), Robyn Zevenbergen (Australia), Mike Askew (UK), Stephen Lerman (UK)

Call for Research Forums PME28 (2004) Bergen, Norway

The goal of a Research Forum is to create dialogue and discussion, by offering PME members elaborated presentations, reactions, and discussions about topics on which substantial research has been undertaken and which continue to hold the active interest of a large subgroup of PME. A Research Forum is not supposed to be a collection of presentations but to convey an overview of an area of research, its main questions and perspectives. Two 90-minute slots are devoted to each Research Forum.
A Research Forum should:

Research Forum proposals must be submitted more than a year in advance so that the International Committee can review it during their regular meeting at each PME conference; this review has to occur the year previous to the conference where the research forum, if approved, will take place. A detailed timeline appears below.
A Research Forum proposal must include the following sections:
1. A General Heading including the following information:

2. A General Framework section, describing briefly the field of research in mathematics education that the forum will focus on, the field’s main issues, findings and problems, including the theoretical and/or philosophical framework adopted for this Research Forum.

3. The goals, key questions, themes and focus of this Research Forum, the main strands of ideas that the coordinators identify in the theme chosen for the research forum and how the participants see themselves in relation to them. Some highlights on further work and research on the topic should be given.

4. The proposal must provide a description of the session dynamics including timing and plans for (reasonable) advanced reading and for audience interaction. The proposal should explicate how the forum is going to be more than a collection of papers to offer a critical overview of a field of research, and how the forum is to be organized so that the audience will have opportunities to participate and contribute.

5. How the space in the Proceedings will be structured and used (up to 30 pages).

6. It is the coordinators’ responsibility to ensure that Research Forum contributors adhere to the topic of the Forum. This applies to both the papers and the presentations.
The Research Forum review process for the 2004 PME28 conference Bergen includes the following steps:

‘Early Birds’ Procedure for a Research Report PME28 (2004) Bergen, Norway

A few years ago, the IC decided to implement a mechanism to encourage and support inexperienced researchers by offering them the possibility of an Early Bird Procedure for submitting a Research Report. Inexperienced researchers who do not have access to appropriate local support and would like to receive guidance from experienced PME researchers can submit their paper to the Early Bird co-ordinator. The co-ordinator will assign the paper to an appropriate mentor and make sure that the communication between the inexperienced researcher and the mentor flows satisfactorily. Please note that this procedure is meant to be a feedback to written reports. It is not meant as a support for conducting research.

The papers submitted should be accompanied by a statement in which the authors declare that they are researchers with little previous experience in writing research reports (or journal articles) and have limited access to experienced advice. The mentors will correspond with the authors and will guide them in strengthening their papers. In order to ensure a process, which will be beneficial to authors, proposals should be submitted to the co-ordinator at least six months before the deadline for submission of a Research Report (January of the year of the upcoming conference). The timeframe will allow for the search for an appropriate mentor, and will enable the process to be meaningful. In any case, this mentoring would not guarantee acceptance, as the papers will still undergo the regular PME reviewing procedures. People who wish to have a mentor to submit a Research Report for the PME28 Conference in 2004 should contact the co-ordinator before August 31, 2003.

The Early Bird co-ordinator for the PME27 and PME28 Conference is: Norma Presmeg,
Contact Information:
Dr. Norma Presmeg
Illinois State University,
Mathematics Department,
2811 Polo Road, Bloomington, IL
USA 61704-8158,
Fax: +1 309 438 5866.

Potential Papers for Special Contributions and Special Issues for Special Issues of Educational Studies in Mathematics

During the Research Report review process for PME27, reviewers were asked to advise if a paper has sufficient potential to be expanded for possible inclusion in ESM journal highlighting PME research. The IC is exploring the possibility of submitting PME proposals for contributions in addition to proposals for a special issue of ESM highlighting PME research based at least in part on research reports identified this year. There were 17 such papers identified.

THE SOCIAL PROGRAM (Available for download as DOC here, or as PDF here.)

Opening Reception—Sunday, July 13
The Opening Reception takes place in the hall adjoining the Kawaiaha‘o Church in historic downtown Honolulu. The Church dates to 1842 and contains pictorial records of the Royal families of Hawai‘i. Renowned Hawaiian explorer and educator, Nainoa Thompson, who is chief navigator for the ocean-going sailing canoe, the Ho‘okele, will be the opening keynote speaker for our Conference.

Conference Excursion—Tuesday, July 15
Buses for the excursion will depart from the front of the Convention Center at 12:30 pm. All registered participants, accompanying partners and children will spend Tuesday afternoon and evening at the Polynesian Cultural Center (PCC). The PCC excursion includes experiences of various Polynesian cultures, a Hawaiian lu‘au (dinner), and an evening show of cultural dancing.

Conference Dinner/Dance—Thursday, July 17
On Thursday evening at the Sheraton Waikiki Hotel on the shores of Waikiki, conference registrants and accompanying partners will experience a sunset dinner on the grass courtyard of the Sheraton Hotel. Later in the evening, Tino and the Rhythm Klub will provide us with lively music to get our feet moving and our bodies gliding around the dance floor.

Program for Accompanying Partners and Children
Roberts Hawai‘i will have a desk in the lobby of the Convention Center. Accompanying persons may sign up for various tours on O‘ahu as well as to neighboring islands. A brochure outlining some of their attractions is available on the website ( These excursions are optional and available at extra cost. The following are specially arranged for PME accompanying partners and children.

Monday, July 14
Pearl Harbor/ Arizona Memorial/City Tour: Visit Pearl Harbor, the Arizona Memorial, a guided tour of the Mighty Mo (the battleship Missouri on which the Japan/American truce was signed in 1945), a drive through Punchbowl, the National Cemetery of the Pacific, and a tour of historic downtown Honolulu. Participants must sign up for this excursion at the Roberts Hawai‘i desk at the Convention Center on Sunday, July 13.

Tuesday, July 15
The Conference Excursion to the Polynesian Cultural Center includes registered accompanying persons.

Wednesday, July 16
Take the #22 Bus ($1.50 each way) to Hanauma Bay or just stay in Waikiki for a leisurely day of snorkelling and beach time at some of O‘ahu’s outstanding beaches. After a day on the beach, enjoy a Sunset Dinner Cruise off the shores of Waikiki. Appreciate the beauty of Honolulu and the beauty of Waikiki beach from the decks of the Ali‘i Kai Catamaran. Choose between a casual buffet dinner and a more formal dining experience.

Thursday, July 17
O‘ahu Grand Circle Island Tour: Explore the wonders and beauty that makes this island so special. From the lush, green mountains to the crystal, clear blue waters, and across the fertile central plain, you will experience the diversity of O‘ahu on this 120-mile tour. Scenic points include Diamond Head, Hanauma Bay, Mormon Temple, North Shore surfing beaches and many more.