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Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education, TIFR

Mathematics is regarded as a core part of the school curriculum across the world. In higher education, it is part of the core curriculum for a wide range of basic and professional courses. However, it is also widely perceived as a difficult subject, to be tolerated rather than learned and appreciated. As a school subject it is a major hurdle in passing the final qualifying examination. Many teachers, educators and mathematicians have responded to the challenge of teaching mathematics effectively in diverse ways: some have developed powerful pedagogical approaches or 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.

To take account of these initiatives, a National Conference on Mathematics Education is being organized at HBCSE, TIFR from January 20-22, 2012, as a part of the National Initiative in Mathematics Education (NIME).

The conference is being held in the backdrop of the forthcoming International Congress on Mathematics Education (ICME-12) to be held in July 2012 in South Korea. The ICME Congresses, which are supported by the International Mathematical Union (IMU), are held once every four years. They are among the most important and largest fora bringing together the community working in mathematics education across the world to discuss the current status and trends in mathematics education research and in the practice of mathematics teaching at all levels.

The proceedings of the National Conference NIME-NC, will provide inputs for a report on the status of mathematics education in India, which is being compiled under the auspices of the Indian National Science Academy. This will form the basis of the National Presentation by India to be made at ICME-12.

Dates: 20-22, January 2012
Venue:Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education
Tata Institute of Fundamental Research
Mumbai, India

The National Initiative on Mathematics Education (NIME 2011-12) includes a set of regional conferences on mathematics education and a national conference. These series of conferences are aimed at providing a broad and representative platform for initiatives in mathematics education at various levels. The proceedings of these conferences will form inputs to a report on the status and the future of mathematics education in India. The report will be a part of the National Presentation by India at the International Congress of Mathematics Education (ICME-12) to be held in Korea in July 2012.