PME-NA 2010...Can Be Helpful!
Teachers try to teach mathematics. Students try to learn mathematics. Both processes can be improved or enhanced if the teacher knows (and uses) some research specific to the teaching/learning actions that occur in his/her classroom. In many cases, this research can justify pedagogical approaches...and in others, perhaps even create changes in the same.
Yet, it is well-documented that most teachers do not know or use research, especially anything more current than research they might have been exposed to when obtaining their teaching certificates. What to do?
First, it takes extra motivation for the interested teacher to search out the research. Often, it might be in the form of sound-bytes produced by someone's distillation efforts. Another option is to start by browsing through research reports themselves....though it takes extra effort and access (and knowledge) to separate the useful from the inane. PME-NA to the rescue here.
Each year, the North American Chapter of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education holds a conference. And, it now makes its Proceedings available freely on-line in a pdf-format. For example, their most recent Conference was held in Columbus, Ohio, October 28-31, 2010. The 1600+-page Proceedings is a written record of the research presented by a wide range of scholars. An overall goal for the Conference was "collectively, continue to conceptualize and operationalize how Student Understanding in Mathematics might be initiated, nurtured and monitored."
Still interested? Why not download the PME-NA 2010 Proceedings...you will find it divided into content areas such as the following:
I know you are busy. I know reading research can be tedious. BUT, I also KNOW that YOU will find something in this Proceedings that will be of interest, of value, or of use to you. I did! View it as a personal step towards Professional Development. Browse...read what catches your eye and attention.
- Advanced Mathematical Thinking
- Algebraic Thinking and Reasoning
- Affective Issues and Learning
- Assessment and Instrumentation
- Classroom Discourse
- Equity and Diversity
- Geometry and Measurement
- Number and Number Sense
- Problem Solving
- Proof and Reasoning
- Teacher Beliefs
- Teacher Knowledge
- Preservice Teacher Preparation
- Teacher Professional Development