ERIC Number: ED573205
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Jul
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 36
MERGA 2012: Where We've Been, Where We Are, and Where We're Going
Clements, M. A.
Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia, Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia (MERGA) (35th, Singapore, Jul 2-6, 2012)
Why have an organisation like MERGA? This question will be addressed from past, present and future perspectives (1976, 2012, and 2025). One focus of the paper will be the need to improve mathematics curricula, and to improve the teaching and learning of mathematics, at all levels. I shall argue that we have not done enough to make sure that MERGA has delivered, is still delivering, and will continue to deliver the goods on such basic curriculum/teaching/learning issues. Part of the difficulty is that we researchers have not reached agreement on what we mean by "improvement". That is as much a political issue as anything else, of course, but the MERGA community needs to do more to make sure that the responsibility for defining what improvement means, and how it is assessed, is not in the wrong hands. A second focus of the paper will be some reflections on what the "A" in MERGA might represent. This Conference is being held in Singapore, and the challenge is for a wider vision of MERGA's role in Asia to be formulated and implemented.
Descriptors: Mathematics Curriculum, Mathematics Education, Foreign Countries, Teaching Methods, Mathematics Teachers, Mathematics, Professional Personnel, Mathematical Concepts, Conferences (Gatherings)
Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia. GPO Box 2747, Adelaide SA 5001, Australia. Tel: +61-8-8363-0288; Fax: +61-8-8362-9288; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Web site: http://www.merga.net.au/
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Evaluative; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia
Identifiers - Location: Singapore; Australia