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National Conference on School Mathematics Education in India, 14th-15th December 2012 - Chennai

  1. Rationale
  2. Objectives
  3. Sub-Themes
  4. Participants
  5. Outcomes of the Conference
  6. Core Advisory/Organizing Committee
  7. Tentative Programme Schedule

1. Rationale

Srinivasa Ramanujan, 1887 - 1920 India has declared the year 2012 as the National Year of Mathematics in honor of great Mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan. On this occasion, the National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) an autonomous organization of MHRD is organizing a National Conference on School Mathematics Education in India.

Mathematics is considered to be a core component in school education across the world. Developing children's abilities for mathematisation is the main goal of mathematics education (NCF, 2005). The basic knowledge of mathematics is essential not only for everyday life, but also for learning many other subjects. The knowledge of mathematics stimulates creative thinking and problem solving skills among learners. However, Mathematics is considered to be a difficult subject, which is be tolerated rather than learned and appreciated. In order to address such challenges at the school stage teachers, teacher educators and mathematicians should come together to find out long term solutions. Concerned people have responded to the challenges of Mathematics education at school stage in diverse ways. Some have developed powerful pedagogical approaches and learning materials, some have introduced innovations in their teaching, some have worked with teachers, some with students, and some have taken up research to understand more deeply the teaching and learning of mathematics. With a view to provide a wider forum to these initiatives, the NIOS is organizing the present National Conference on School Mathematics Education in India, with special reference to Open Schooling.

2. Objectives

The objectives of the conference are to:

  • trace the history of mathematics education and contribution of India in the field of mathematics
  • share innovative practices in learning mathematics at school stage
  • highlight variety of resources in school mathematics used in Open/ Distance Learning system
  • strengthen role of ICT in pedagogical process and assessment practices in mathematics education
  • document innovations and issues in mathematics education at school level

3. Sub-Themes

The sub-themes of the conference will be:

  1. Historical and Cultural Perspectives of Mathematics Education
    • Historical and cultural aspects of mathematics and mathematics education
    • Contribution of India in the field of mathematics
    • Mathematics across disciplines
    • Inclusion of Vedic mathematics in teaching-learning strategy
  2. Pedagogy of Mathematics Education at School Stage
    • Innovative practices in mathematics education
    • Developing problem-solving skills among learners in mathematics
    • Action research in mathematics education
  3. Use of ICT in Mathematics Education
    • ICT as a powerful tool for fostering mathematics education
    • ICT and assessment in mathematics education
  4. Mathematics education through Open Schooling
    • Self Learning materials in mathematics for open schooling learners
    • Audio, video, multimedia, e-lessons, e-resources in mathematics
  5. Issues and Challenges in Mathematics Education
    • Assessment in mathematics education
    • Mathematics education for disadvantaged and disabled

4. Participants

To achieve the above objectives, the Conference will witness active participation of teachers, teacher educators, researcher scholars, mathematicians and experts involved in mathematics and mathematics education at school level. Participants will include:

  • Mathematicians, Mathematics Teachers, Teacher Educators
  • Selected Mathematics Tutors from NIOS Study Centres
  • Representatives of State Open Schools
  • Experts involved in academic work of mathematics at NIOS
  • Members of Academic Council, DAB
  • Experts in ODL

5. Outcomes of the Conference

The expected outcomes of the conference are to:

  • Document various issues discussed in the conference and bring out a volume on Mathematics education with special reference to open schooling.
  • Improve mathematics education, particularly in open schooling.

6. Core Advisory/Organizing Committee

  • Conference Chairperson: Dr. S.S Jena - Chairman, NIOS
  • Conference Director: Dr. Kuldeep Agarwal - Director (Academic)
  • Conference Convener: Dr. Rajendra Kumar Nayak - Academic Officer (Mathematics)

7. Tentative Programme Schedule

Day Session Timing Event
Day-1: 14th December, 2012 (Friday) Session-1 9:30 AM - 11 AM Inauguration and Keynote Address
11 AM - 11:15 AM Tea Break
Session-2 11:15 AM - 1 PM Paper Presentation (Theme-wise Parallel sessions)
1 PM - 2 PM Lunch Break
Session-3 2 PM - 3:30 PM Panel Discussion on "Improving Mathematics Education in school"
3:30 PM - 3:45 PM Tea Break
Session-4 3:45 PM - 5:30 PM Paper Presentation (Theme-wise Parallel sessions)
Day-1: 15th December, 2012 (Saturday) Session-5 9:30 AM - 11 AM Panel Discussion on "India's Contribution in the field of Mathematics"
11 AM - 11:15 AM Tea Break
Session-6 11:15 AM - 1 PM Group Work
1 PM - 2 PM Lunch Break
Session-7 2 PM - 3:30 PM Group Work (contd.)
3:30 PM - 3:45 PM Tea Break
Session-8 3:45 PM - 5:30 PM Presentation of Group Reports & Valedictory

Call for Papers

National Institute Open Schooling (NIOS), an autonomous organization under the Department of School Education and Literacy, Ministry of HRD, Government of India invites papers from teachers, teacher educators, NGOs, research scholars and functionaries in the area of Mathematics and Mathematics Education on the above mentioned themes. The paper should be typed in MS-word, font size-12 (Times New Roman) within 4000 words along with an abstract of 500 words. The contributors are requested to send the full paper and abstract to The Academic Officer (Mathematics), National Institute Open Schooling (NIOS), A-24-25, Institutional Area, Sector-62, Noida-201309 (U.P) India. Authors are requested to send the soft copy by e-mail to rajendranayak07(at)gmail[dot]com. Only the first author of the selected paper will be invited. The last date of receiving the full paper with abstract is November 26, 2012. No paper will be considered after this date.

A limited number of papers will be selected from the papers received from contributors till the last date by an Expert Committee constituted by the NIOS. Intimation to the authors of the selected papers will be communicated separately indicating details of the Conference. For presentation of paper, TA/DA will be paid to the first or only one of the authors as per norms of NIOS and as per his/her entitlement. Air travel, if entitled, will be admissible only by Air India.

Contact Details

Dr. Rajendra Kumar Nayak, Academic Officer (Mathematics)
National Institute Open Schooling (NIOS)
A-24-25, Institutional Area, Sector-62, Noida-201309 (U.P) India
rajendranayak07(at)gmail[dot]com
Tel: 0120-4626945
Mobile: 09953471098

Important Dates

  • Last date of receiving full paper with abstract: November 26, 2012
  • Communication regarding acceptance of the paper to the conference: November 30, 2012

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