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ERME TOPIC CONFERENCE

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Mathematics Teaching, Resources and Teacher Professional Development

The ERME Topic Conference ETC3 on mathematics teaching, resources and teacher professional development will take place at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany, from October 5 to 7, 2016.

The conference venue is located at the Professional School of Education (PSE), Hausvogteiplatz 5-7, 10117 Berlin.

 

Rationale of the Conference

Mathematics teaching and mathematics teacher professional development are areas where research has increased substantially in the last years. For the last ERME conferences, a large number of proposals was related to this research area (e.g., three topic groups were formed at CERME9 in 2015: TWG18 on mathematics teacher education; TWG19 on mathematics teaching; and TWG20 on resources for teaching).

In this ongoing field of research, many issues need further investigation. We need to better understand the underlying characteristics of mathematics teacher education and the professional development contexts that have a positive impact on teachers’ professional learning, even with respect to sustainability. Also, further discussion and research are needed on how to link research findings and how to bridge theoretical and methodological approaches to mathematics teacher pre-service and in-service education.

Studying mathematics teaching goes beyond teachers’ classroom behavior. It encompasses teachers’ actions and meaning-making as these relate to instruction. This includes, amongst others, task selection and design, classroom communication and assessment as well as the interplay between goals and actions as classroom interactions unfold in the context of broader institutional, educational, and social settings. A central question for investigation is what kind of methodological (analytical) and theoretical tools are necessary to address this complexity.

In terms of resources, the focus of research for the last decades has been on teachers’ beliefs and knowledge. More recently, teachers’ identity, tasks, and teaching resources have received attention. Moreover, mathematics teacher educators’ knowledge and development has been an emerging field. Aiming at achieving a better understanding, characterizing and/or evaluating the content of teachers’ knowledge, several theoretical and methodological frameworks have been developed and discussed. Yet, further discussion seems to be needed in order to better describe the content of such knowledge, its relationships with (and influence on) teachers’ beliefs, goals and identity as well as with mathematics teaching.  

These three strands (mathematics teacher education, teaching and resources) are far from being disconnected. It is important to investigate in what ways they are linked in our research questions, methodologies and theoretical perspectives.