Math Experts to Convene This Week in Tucson

The annual conference of the North American Chapter of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education is sponsored by the UA College of Education.
Nov. 1, 2016
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More information on PME-NA can be found at http://pmena2016.org/.

The University of Arizona College of Education and the Department of Mathematics will host the 38th annual conference of the North American Chapter of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education, or PME-NA. The conference brings together mathematics education experts from around the world to share research on how students learn, how teachers teach, and how mathematicians, teachers and students do math.

The conference will be held at the Marriott Starr Pass Resort in Tucson from Thursday through Sunday. It will be attended by more than 550 researchers, faculty and graduate students from the U.S., Mexico, Canada, Sweden, Australia, Chile, Puerto Rico, Israel, Trinidad and Tobago, and Germany.

The conference theme is "Sin Fronteras: Questioning Borders With(in) Mathematics Education." Presenters will talk about research on learning and teaching mathematics that involve different kinds of borders. More than 436 presentations will be offered, including Spanish/English bilingual sessions. Plenary speakers include Sandra Crespo, (Michigan State University), Maria Trigueros Gaisman (Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México), Chris Rasmussen (San Diego State University), Julia Maria Aguirre (University of Washington, Tacoma), Lisa Lunney Borden (St. Francis Xavier University) and Olimpia Figueras (Cinvestav).

A significant aspect of this year's conference is that — for the first time in PME-NA — some presentations will be in Spanish, as well as simultaneous translation (English and Spanish) for some sessions, thus embracing the theme of the conference. The organizers hope that this will be a model to follow in future PME-NA conferences.

PME-NA's first conference was in 1979 in Evanston, Illinois. The conference was previously in Tucson in 2000.