Call for papers and guidelines for proposals


 

You are invited to propose one or more of the following types of presentation according to the guidelines described below:

1.    Long papers (40 minutes plus 20 minutes discussion)

2.    Short papers(20 minutes plus 10 minutes discussion)

3.    "How I teach" papers (20 minutes plus 10 minutes discussion)

4.    Posters presentations continuous display plus one hour for discussions)

5.    Workshops (1 or 2 hours)

 

The programme will be structured in these strands: Foundation Phase, Intermediate Phase, Senior Phase, FET, and Teacher Education.

 

Please note that to ensure a high standard of presentations and broad based participation:

o    We will not accept any presentation for the programme unless a full manuscript or workshop outline has been submitted for reviewing.

o    We will not accept more than two inputs per presenter.

o    We will adhere to the due dates for submission as this ensures time for useful and relevant reviews of submissions.

 

All proposals for presentation should be submitted by e-mail to the Academic Coordinator as a file in DOC format.

A completed Presentation Proposal Form must be submitted with your paper by 9 March.

 

To help you in planning and writing your proposal, we provide some guidelines for submission below.

 

All accepted presentations will be published in the Conference Proceedings. We are trying to work towards a uniform appearance for all papers in the Proceedings and include technical guidelines for preparing a paper and an electronic styles template.

 

Guidelines for submission of long papers

 

Duration of presentation: Each long paper will be scheduled a total time of 60 minutes (1 hour): 40 minutes for oral presentation and 20 minutes for discussion and/or questions.

 

Length of written paper: 8 - 12 pages

 

The following types of papers are suitable for presentation as a long paper:

 

1.    Research report

This should include the following

o    A statement about the focus of the paper or the research questions, and a motivation for the significance of the research;

o    An indication of the theoretical framework of the study reported;

o    Discussion of the related literature;

o    An indication of and justification for the methodology used;

o    Some sample data and findings and a statement of how these help to answer the research questions;

o    What your findings mean for mathematics teaching and learning or further research;

o    List of references.

 

2.        The exposition of a piece of mathematics

These papers could have as an objective the presentation of mathematics, relevant to the school curriculum, such as:

o    An innovative way of dealing with a section of mathematics;

o    Alternative proofs for theorems;

o    Interesting mathematics that teachers are conversant with; Mathematics that is new in the proposed curriculum;

o    List of references.

 

3.        Theoretical or philosophical essays

These should include the following:

o    A statement about the focus of the paper and a motivation for its significance;

o    An indication of the theoretical or philosophical framework within which the focus or theme of the paper is developed;

o    Reference to related literature;

o    A clearly articulated statement of the author's position on the focus or theme;

o    What your findings mean for mathematics teaching, learning or research;

o    List of references.

 

Reviewing

Two reviewers, with experience in the area, will review your paper. Specifically, reviewers will be asked to comment on the following: mathematical content, theoretical framework and related literature, methodology (if appropriate), statement and disucssion of results (if appropriate), clarity and relevance to the AMESA audience.

A developmental approach to reviewing will be applied to your paper. In other words you will be given feedback by the reviewers, which you could use to improve your paper and then (if necessary) re-submit for further review and feedback.

If your paper is not accepted in this category it will be reconsidered for submission as a short paper presentation.

Publication of Long Papers: Authors may choose not to have their accepted long papers published in the AMESA 2018 Proceedings, to keep open the possibility to submit it to a journal. Note that authors must still submit the full manuscript for review, but if they choose to exclude their long paper from the Proceedings, they must then submit an extended abstract of 2-4 pages of the paper and this extended abstract will then be published in the Proceedings. Please indicate your choice clearly on the Presentation Proposal Form.

 

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Guidelines for submission of short papers

 

Duration of presentation: Each short paper presentation will be given a total time of 30 minutes: 20 minutes for oral presentation and 10 minutes for discussion and/or questions.

 

Length of written paper: 5 - 8 pages

 

A short oral is most suitable for work in progress and includes:

 

1.   Reflection on teaching or practice

This is mainly for mathematics educators who would like to share their reflections on their teaching or on their participation in a developmental project or research project.

(a) For reflection on teaching you need to specify the following:

o    The grade and class size;

o    The mathematics topic taught;

o    The mathematical goals and purposes;

o    A description of the lesson;

o    What factors contributed to the success of the lesson;

o    What factors tended to hamper success and how you dealt with them

 

(b) For reflection on participation in a mathematics development project you should specify the following:

o    The duration of the project;

o    Mathematical aspects covered by the project;

o    Practical examples of how participation in the project impacted on your teaching.

 

2.   The exposition of a piece of mathematics

These papers could have as an objective the presentation of mathematics, relevant to the school curriculum. For details on this type of presentation, see (2) of the long papers.

 

3.   Proposals - research or development:

This can be a presentation of a proposal for a research or mathematics education developmental project and should include the following:

o    A description of the focus of the research project or developmental project;

o    Motivation for the study or project;

o    Some indication of the theoretical framework of the study or project:

o    Some discussion of the related literature;

o    How the study or project will be undertaken, including some justification of methodology;

o    Participants and time lines;

o    List of references.

 

4.     Initial sharing of data

This is mainly for people who have done research and are still working on their analysis. The paper should include the following:

o    A statement about the focus of the paper or the research questions, and a motivation for the significance of the research;

o    Some aspects of the theoretical framework of the study reported;

o    Some discussion of the related literature;

o    An indication of and justification for the methodology used;

o    Some sample data and initial analysis or description of data;

o    List of references.

 

Reviewing

Two reviewers, with experience in the area, will review your paper. Specifically, reviewers will be asked to comment on the following: mathematical content, conceptual coherence, clarity and relevance to the AMESA audience.

A developmental approach to reviewing will be applied to your paper. In other words you will be given feedback by the reviewers, which you could use to improve your paper and then (if necessary) re-submit for further review and feedback.

 

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Guidelines for "How I teach" papers

 

Duration of presentation: Each "How I teach" presentation will be given a total time of 30 minutes: 20 minutes for oral presentation and 10 minutes for discussion and/or questions.

 

Length of written paper: 1 - 4 pages

 

The following critical information must be included:

 

Title: A heading for your paper, e.g. How to use paper folding in geometry

 

Name: Your name

 

Organisation: Where you are from e.g. the name of your school

 

Introduction: Include here a paragraph on what your talk is about. Why you chose to talk about it. What you are going to do in the talk.

 

Content: Include here an outline of or actual copies of the activities or worksheets that you will use in your talk. Remember not to exceed the four page limit.

 

Conclusion: Provide here a brief conclusion on the talk. You might want to write one or two sentences on your experiences of using such activities in your class and some of the advantages or disadvantages of using the activities.

 

References: Add here any references that you might have used. In other words, the source where you got your ideas from (e.g. a book, article).

 

Reviewing

Your paper will be reviewed. A developmental approach to reviewing will be applied to your paper. In other words you will be given feedback by the reviewers, which you could use to improve your paper and then (if necessary) re-submit for further review and feedback. The Programme Committee reserves the right to make minor editing changes.

 

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Guidelines for poster presentations

 

Poster presentations are available for those whose work is more suitably communicated in a pictorial or graphical format, rather than through an oral presentation. There is no formal oral presentation associated with posters, but a time will be allotted, after sufficient display time, during which presenters will be available at their posters for informal discussion with participants.

 

A poster can present research projects, software developments, curricular innovations, educational programmes, etc., related to Mathematics Education.

 

When preparing your proposal for a poster:

o    Restrict your proposal to one page, including references and figures. If accepted, this text will be included in the congress Proceedings.

o    Type and centre the title (in capitals), author name(s), and affiliation(s) of the author(s) in this order.

o    Your proposal should describe both the contents of the poster and its particular visual (pictorial or graphical) characteristics.

 

Reviewing
The Programme Committee will review the proposals for Poster Presentations.
If your proposal is accepted, the Programme Committee will provide further guidance on the preparation and display of the actual poster itself.

 

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Guidelines for workshop submissions

 

Note that workshop write-ups and the worksheets will be not be published in the paper Congress Proceedings. It may be included in the CD_ROM Proceedings, and copies of the activities will be duplicated only for the workshop participants.


Your proposal should include:

 

1. Motivation for running the workshop

This is for reviewing only and should include:

o Title of the workshop

o Name of presenter(s)

o Institution where you are employed

o Target audience: The phase your workshop is aimed at e.g. Intermediate Phase.

o Duration: There will be 1-hour or 2-hour workshop slots. Please ensure that you choose an appropriate length slot.

o Maximum no. of participants: You may limit the number of participants in your workshop. Workshop presenters should attempt to cater for at least 30 participants.

o Motivation for the workshop: Why is this workshop important and how will it help participants?

o Description of content of workshop: What will be done in the workshop? How will the time slot be broken up?

o The activities and worksheets to be used in the workshop (maximum 8 pages)

 

2.    An abstract describing the level, nature and content of the workshop (maximum two pages).

Note: Only this abstract will be published in the Congress Proceedings or Programme.

 

Note:

o    Workshops need to be hands-on sessions where participants are actively involved in doing the activities that you provide for them. Usually these activities will be done in groups, consisting of 3-5 participants. There should also be ample time for discussion (approximately 25% of your time is suggested).

o    If you have used ideas from other sources, it is absolutely essential that you acknowledge these sources. We will not accept any submission where more than two pages have been copied directly from another source.

 

Reviewing

The Programme Committee will review the proposals for Workshop Presentations.

 

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Technical guidelines for preparing manuscripts

 

We are trying to work towards a uniform appearance (style) for all papers in the Congress Proceedings.
The style is described below. You should preferably use this electronic styles template as the basis for your paper.
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Please adhere to these guidelines:

o    Restrict your paper to the maximum number of pages as specified for the type of presentation, including references, figures, and appendices.

o    Write the paper in English.

o    Type and centre the title (in capitals), author(s) name(s), and affiliation(s) of the author(s), in this order.

o    Underline the name of the presenting author(s).

o    Begin the paper with an abstract of up to ten lines, single-spaced, preferably in italics.

o    Give references in one of the accepted standard forms, preferably APA style.

o    The paper size must be A4. Use a frame of 170 by 247 mm, i.e. A4 with margins 2,5 cm top and bottom; 1,7 cm left and right with a gutter of 0,6 cm. Please use exact dimensions, and fill the entire frame.

o    The formatting of the paper should be a 14-point type (Times recommended), a 16-point line space, and 6 points between paragraphs. Remember that the original text will be reduced to 70% in the Proceedings.

o    Do not number the pages.

o    E-mail the paper, with your completed Presentation Proposal Form as attachments in DOC format to the Academic Coordinator by 9 March.  Fax copies will not be accepted.

 

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