Submissions

Important Dates

PERSONAL PRESENTATIONS
Research Reports (RR)January 15, 2015
Short Oral (SO)March 6, 2015
Poster Presentation (PP)March 6, 2015

GROUP ACTIVITIES
Research Forum (RF) - Proposal
Research Forum - Pre-registration and Deposit
Research Forum - Full forum papers
November 1, 2014
January 15, 2015
May 1, 2015
Working Session (WS)March 6, 2015
Discussion Group (DG)March 6, 2015

All presentations (except Research Forums) are submitted for review through ConfTool. ConfTool is configured to only accept submissions from presenters who are registered in the ConfTool system (see Registration). Submissions will only be reviewed if the submitting author has paid the pre-registration fee. All submissions must follow the formatting as laid out in the Template-PME39-2015.

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Research Report (RR)

Content

Research Reports (RR) should deal with topics related to the major goals of the PME . Reports should state what is new in the research, how it builds on past research, and/or how it has developed new directions and pathways. Some level of critique must exist in all papers.

Each participant is allowed to present only one Research Report. No one is allowed to have his or her name on the program more than four times, as an author or co-author, on any combination of presentation or group session.

Two types of papers are suitable for Research Reports:

Reports of empirical studies

Observational, ethnographic, experimental, quasi-experimental, and case studies are all suitable. Reports of empirical studies should contain, at minimum, the following:

    • a statement regarding the focus of the submitted paper;
    • the study’s theoretical framework;
    • references to the related literature;
    • an indication of and justification for the study’s methodology; and
    • a sample of the data and the results (additional data can be presented at the conference but some data ought to accompany the proposal)
Theoretical and philosophical essays

These should contain, at a minimum, the following:

    • a statement regarding the focus of the submitted paper;
    • a statement about the paper’s theoretical or philosophical framework;
    • references to related literature;
    • a clearly articulated statement regarding the author’s position on the paper’s focus or theme; and
    • implications for existing research in the respective area.
Submission

Proposals for a Research Report presentations are no more than eight pages (use the Template or see Formatting Guidelines below) submitted via ConfTool no later than January 15, 2015. ConfTool is configured to only accept submissions from presenters who are registered in the ConfTool system (see Registration). Submissions will only be reviewed if submitting author has paid the pre-registration fee.

Review Process

The submitted proposals for the Research Reports will be reviewed by three PME members whose areas of expertise match the applicant’s chosen research categories. Notification of the decision of the International Program Committee to accept or reject the Research Report proposal will be available after the second meeting of the International Program Committee in late March/early April 2015. An accepted paper will appear in the proceedings only if full payment of the conference fee is made no later than May 22, 2015.

The Local Organizing Committee recruits potential reviewers from experienced PME members who have presented either two PME Research Reports in the last five years or presented three PME Research Reports in the last ten years.

Reviewers for reports of studies (empirical research) will be asked to comment on the following: theoretical framework and related literature, methodology (if appropriate), statement and discussion of results, clarity, and relevance to a PME audience.

Reviewers for theoretical and philosophical essays will be asked to comment on the theoretical framework and related literature, the articulated statement of the author’s position, the implications for existing and further research, and the relevance to the wider PME audience.

Presentation

Each presentation will be allotted a total time of 40 minutes: 20 minutes for the oral presentation and 20 minutes for questions and comments. Detailed presentation guidelines are available on the PME website.

Short Oral Communications (SO)

Content

Short Oral Communications are intended for research that is best communicated by means of a short oral communication instead of a full research report.

Submission

Proposals for Short Oral presentations are a one page summary (use the Template or see Formatting Guidelines below) submitted via ConfTool no later than March 6, 2015. ConfTool is configured to only accept submissions from presenters who are registered in the ConfTool system (see Registration). Submissions will only be reviewed if submitting author has paid the pre-registration fee.

Advice on how to prepare a Short Oral Communication paper can be found on the PME website, together with advice on the presentation of a Short Oral paper.

Review Process

Proposals are reviewed by the International Program Committee. Notification of the decision of the International Program Committee to accept or reject the Short Oral proposal will be emailed in late March/early April 2015.

The one-page summary will appear in the proceedings only if full payment of the conference fee is made no later than May 22, 2015.

Presentation

The total time for a Short Oral presentation is 20 minutes: 10 minutes for the oral presentation and 10 minutes for questions and/or comments. Three presentations will be grouped in a session according to distinctive themes. Detailed presentation guidelines are available on the PME website.

Poster Presentation (PP)

Content

Poster Presentations are intended for information/research that is best communicated in a visual form rather than of a formal paper presentation.

Submission

Proposals for Poster Presentations are one page abstracts (use the Template or see Formatting Guidelines below) submitted via ConfTool no later than March 6, 2015. ConfTool is configured to only accept submissions from presenters who are registered in the ConfTool system (see Registration). Submissions will only be reviewed if the presenting author has paid the pre-registration fee.

 Advice on how to prepare a Poster Presentation submission can be found on the PME website, together with advice on how to prepare and present your actual poster at the conference.

Review Process

Proposals are reviewed by the International Program Committee. In order for a proposal to be reviewed, the presenting author must pay the conference deposit when the proposal is submitted. Notification of the decision of the International Program Committee to accept or reject the poster proposal will be emailed in late March/early April 2015.

The one-page summary will appear in the proceedings only if full payment of the conference fee is made no later than May 22, 2015.

Presentation

There will be a Poster Presentation session in the conference program. Author(s) should be available in this session for discussion with conference participants. Detailed presentation guidelines are available on the PME website.

Research Forum (RF)

Content

The goal of a Research Forum is to create dialogue and discussion by offering PME members more elaborate presentations, reactions, and discussions on topics on which substantial research has been undertaken in the last 5-10 years and which continue to hold the active interest of a large subgroup of PME. A Research Forum is not supposed to be a collection of presentations but instead is meant to convey an overview of an area of research and its main current questions, thus highlighting contemporary debates and perspectives in the field.

A Research Forum:

  • focuses on a topic that is of substantial interest within the work of PME;
  • stimulates critical dialogue around this topic through the consideration of multiple perspectives;
  • has a coherent structure that encourages intellectual debate;
  • involves planned input to this critical dialogue from at least five researchers; and
  • includes structural opportunities for interaction by the audience, and avoids the need for long presentations through the use of well-advertised prior reading.
Submission

The deadline for Research Forum proposals is November 1 in the year before the conference (for PME39 in 2015 it has been extended to December 1, 2014). As such, the details that follow are for participants considering a submission for PME40 in 2016. A five page proposal should be sent to the PME Administrative Manager (info@igpme.org) and must include:

  • the title and focus of the Research Forum;
  • the name of the coordinator and assistant coordinator (if desired);
  • key question(s) that the Research Forum will address;
  • a detailed description of the proposed format of the Research Forum, including timing, contributors, how they will be chosen, plans for audience interaction;
  • details of prior reading and how this can be made available; and
  • how the space within the proceedings will be used (up to 30 pages).
Review Process

The International Program Committee will review the proposals and provide feedback to the coordinators. If a proposal is provisionally accepted the coordinators will be required to provide the final version of their proposal by January 15, 2015 (for PME39). The International Program Committee makes the final decision during its first meeting in January 2015. If a proposal is given final acceptance at this time the coordinators of the Research Forum will be responsible to submit the text for the proceedings no later than May 1, 2015.

The total length of a final Research Forum paper for the proceedings is 30 pages (use the Template or see Formatting Guidelines below) and must be submitted via ConfTool. Accepted proposals will be included in the conference proceedings provided the full conference fees for all coordinators and contributors are paid before May 22, 2015.

Presentation

Two 90 minute slots will be devoted to each Research Forum. For more information, please contact the conference scientific secretariat at scientific@pme39.com.

Discussion Group (DG)

Content

The objective of a Discussion Group is to provide attendees with the opportunity to discuss a specific research topic of shared interest. The idea for a Discussion Group may be the result of an Ad Hoc Meeting or an intensive discussion of a Research Report during the previous conference. Discussion Groups may begin with short synopses of research work, or a set of pressing questions. A Discussion Group is exploratory in character, and is especially suitable for topics which are not appropriate for collaborative work in a Working Session because they are not yet elaborate enough or because a coherent research strategy has not been identified. A successful Discussion Group may result in an application for a Working Session one year later.

Submission

A proposal for a Discussion Group is a two-page summary (use the Template or see Formatting Guidelines below) submitted via ConfTool no later than March 6, 2015. Proposals will only be considered if the coordinators are registered (see Registration) in the ConfTool system and have paid the non-refundable conference deposit.

The two-page proposal for a Discussion Group application must include:

  • names of a coordinator and an assistant coordinator, both of whom must be active members of PME;
  • information about the theoretical background of the topic of the Discussion Group as well as questions or goals which guide the work in the Discussion Group;
  • a short outline about the goals and/or activities planned for each of the two 90-minute sessions; and
  • a plan for how the attendees can participate actively in the discussion (a Discussion Group must not consist solely of presentations).
Review Process

The International Program Committee reviews and selects the Discussion Group proposals. Notification of the decision of the International Program Committee to accept or reject the proposal will be emailed in late March/early April 2015. Accepted proposals will be included in the conference proceedings provided the full conference fees for the coordinators are paid before May 22, 2015.

Presentation

Two 90-minute sessions will be allocated to Discussion Groups. After the presentation, coordinators of each Discussion Group are required to send a report of its activities to the PME Administrative Manager (info@igpme.org). This report may be included in the PME newsletter. This report is due by the end of September, 2015. For more information, please contact the conference scientific secretariat at scientific@pme39.com. Detailed presentation guidelines are available on the PME website.

Working Session (WS)

Content

The aim of Working Sessions is that PME participants collaborate in joint activities on a research topic. For this research topic, there must be a clear research framework or research strategy and precise goals so that a coherent collaborative activity is ensured. Ideas for a Working Session can result from Discussion Group sessions of previous conferences where a topic was elaborated upon and a research framework or strategy was developed. Each Working Session should be complementary to the aims of PME and ensure maximum involvement of each participant.

Submission

A proposal for a Working Session is a two-page proposal (use the Template or see Formatting Guidelines below) submitted via ConfTool no later than March 6, 2015. Proposals will only be considered if the coordinators are registered (see Registration) in the ConfTool system and have paid the non-refundable conference deposit.

The two-page proposal for a Working Session application must include:

  • names of a coordinator and an assistant coordinator, both of whom must be active members of PME;
  • information about the theoretical background of the topic of the Working Session as well as descriptions of specific tasks or activities to be carried out in the sessions; and
  • a short outline of the goals and/or activities planned for each of the two 90-minute sessions.
Review Process

The International Program Committee reviews and selects the Working Session proposals. Notification of the decision of the International Program Committee to accept or reject the proposal will be emailed in late March/early April 2015. Accepted proposals will be included in the conference proceedings, provided the full conference fee for the coordinators is paid before May 22, 2015.

Presentation

Two 90-minute sessions will be allocated to Working Sessions. After presentation, coordinators of each Working Session are required to send a report of its activities to the PME Administrative Manager (info@igpme.org). This report may be included in the PME newsletter. This report is due by the end of September, 2015. For more information, please contact the conference scientific secretariat at scientific@pme39.com.

Colloquium (CO)

Content

The goal of a Colloquium is to provide the opportunity to present a set of three Research Reports that are interrelated in a particular way (e.g. they are connected through related or contrasting theoretical stances, use identical instruments or methods, or focus on closely related research questions), and to initiate a discussion with the audience on the interrelated set.

A Colloquium proposal:

  • consists of a set of exactly three research reports, to be presented by members from at least two different countries;
  • includes, in addition, a one page summary by an organizer (one person), indicating a specific pre-determined focus that is common each research report; and
  • involves a presentation of the three research reports, and a discussion with the audience that is initiated by the contribution of a discussant (one person, indicated in the author line of the one-page summary) who is appointed at submission.

The three Research Reports should be formatted and submitted via ConfTool using the guidelines provided for that presentation format. Here, further information is provided only for the one page summary which accompanies the three Research Reports.

The additional one-page summary is created using the same template or formatting guidelines as for Poster Presentations and Short Oral Communications, and is submitted by the Colloquium organizer via ConfTool. It provides the Colloquium title and the name of the organizer (preceded by “Organizer:”) and discussant (preceded by: “Discussant:”) in the author fields. Then, the text containing the focus and/or rationale for the Colloquium is provided. Note that no abstract is necessary for the Colloquium summary. Proposals that do not follow the formatting guidelines will not be included in the peer review process.

In the comments field in ConfTool, the authors and titles of the three research reports that comprise the Colloquium must be indicated.

Submissions to ConfTool are only allowed if the presenting author is registered in the ConfTool system and has paid the non-refundable conference deposit. Every pre-registered person may submit up to one Colloquium as organizer.

For submitting via ConfTool, the Submission Check Lists for Colloquia have to be confirmed.

A Research Report in a Colloquium is counted identically to an individual Research Report for the existing “rule of four” which restricts the number of contributions for a participant. Organizing a Colloquium or acting as a discussant of a Colloquium will not count as a contribution for the existing “rule of four”. Nevertheless, each participant can take the roles of organizer or discussant in a Colloquium no more than once during one conference. The organizer cannot be involved as (co)author in more than one of the research reports in the Colloquium.

Submission and Review Process

Proposals for Colloquium presentations must be submitted no later than January 15, 2015 (also the deadline for Research Report proposals). The Research Reports that comprise a Colloquium proposal are reviewed in the usual way, using the same criteria. The IPC may, however, assign the set of three research reports to the same reviewers, who are then informed that the Research Reports are part of a Colloquium proposal. If all three Research Reports are considered acceptable during the review process, the International Program Committee reviews the Colloquium proposal during the second meeting of the International Program Committee, and decides upon its acceptance. If not all of the three Research Reports are accepted or if the framing proposal to group them in a Colloquium is rejected by the IPC, those Research Reports, which were accepted in the usual review process, will enter the conference program as usual Research Reports. In case of rejection, encouragement for resubmission in a different format is possible for the single Research Reports.

Presentation (including chairing)

A 90-minute timeslot will be devoted to each Colloquium. The organizer takes care of the chairing. The organizer first briefly introduces the Colloquium topic and then each Research Report is presented in turn. The presentation time for each report can be agreed with the organizer beforehand, but will be between 15 and 20 minutes (depending on how much the papers have in common; some presentations can be shorter). Afterwards, the discussant initiates the discussion for approximately 10 minutes, which is followed by discussion with the audience.

For more information, please contact the conference scientific secretariat at scientific@pme39.com.

Ad Hoc Meeting (AH)

Content

Ad Hoc Meetings are a form of conference activity approved in 2010. During the conference, PME provides time slots and rooms for meetings of ‘ad hoc’ groups. The idea is that researchers can meet and discuss research topics that spontaneously came up during discussions of previous presentations at the conference. The Ad Hoc Meetings are reserved only for discussions; presentations or a continuation of a Research Report or Short Oral Communication are not allowed.

Procedure

To organize an Ad Hoc meeting, at least two persons should prepare an announcement with a short and precise description of the topic, the names of the organizers, and the preferred time slot, and deliver it to the PME Administrative Manager. The Administrative Manager will then assign times and rooms. Since there are only a few time slots and rooms, proposals will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. It is not possible to organise an Ad Hoc Meeting before the conference.

For more information, please contact the conference scientific secretariat at scientific@pme39.com.

 

Formatting Guidelines

A reminder that all submissions must use the Template-PME39-2015!

If you are having trouble using the template the formatting specifications are below. Please use these ONLY as a last resort. The submission must be created in Word and saved as a .doc file.

Maximum number of pages: The page limit is dependent on the type of proposal: RR = 8; SO, PP = 1; DG, WS =  2; CO = 1 (in addition to the 3 Research Reports). The specified limit includes references, figures, and appendices.

Titles: The title should be capitalized and centered. The author’s (and co-authors’) name(s) and affiliation(s), in this order, must be included. The name(s) of the presenting author(s) must be underlined.

References: These should be presented in the standard style of the American Psychological Association (APA) – see the template for examples.

Files and Filenames: Files should be saved in DOC format, and filenames should indicate the type of proposal as well as the name of the presenting author, as detailed below.

  • Use RR, SO, PP, DG, RF, WS for Research Report (RR), Short Oral Communication (SO), Poster Presentation (PP), Discussion Group (DG), Research Forum (RF), Working Session (WS), and Colloquium (CO) respectively.
  • For example, a proposal for a Short Oral, by FirstName LastName (e.g., John Smith) for publication in the Proceedings, should be saved as SO_LastName.doc (e.g., SO_Smith.doc).

Paper Format: All proposals are to use A4 paper format with a frame of 170 by 247 mm. The font should be 14 point, Times New Roman is recommended, with a 16-point line space and 6 points between paragraphs.

  • DO NOT number the pages.
  • Use exact dimensions, and fill the entire frame.
  • Remember that the original text will be reduced to 70% for inclusion in the proceedings; changes in style will incur difficulties in the printing of the proceedings.
  • Please be sure that files do not exceed 2 MB.

It is strongly recommended that all submissions are produced using the Template-PME39-2015!

Table of Research Categories

This section is for your reference when completing the reviewer information or the proposal information for personal presentations. Reviewers will receive proposals for reviewing according to the research categories they mark when registering as a reviewer. The proposals will be sent to reviewers according to the research categories that are marked by the submitting author. All proposals must be concerned with mathematics education.

Research Domains in Mathematics Education
  1. Algebra and algebraic structures
  2. Arithmetic, numbers and operations
  3. Calculus and functions
  4. Geometry, space and shape
  5. Probability and statistics
  6. Imagery and visualization
  7. Problem solving and problem posing
  8. Proof, argumentation and reasoning
  9. Representations and modeling
  10. Teacher beliefs
  11. Teacher knowledge and practice
  12. Teacher professional development
  13. Preservice teacher preparation
  14. Classroom assessment
  15. Educational evaluation and policy
  16. Classroom interaction and discourse
  17. Conceptual change and development
  18. Curriculum development and task design
  19. Teaching and learning with technologies
  20. Tools, semiotics and gestures
  21. Affect, emotions and attitudes
  22. Culture, language and multilingualism
  23. Equity and gender issues
  24. Special needs education
Grade Levels
  1. Pre-School (age under 7, and teachers of this grade level)
  2. Elementary (age 5-12, and teachers of this grade level)
  3. Secondary (age 10-18, and teachers of this grade level)
  4. Post secondary (age 16+, and teachers of this grade level)
  5. Vocational education (and teachers in these contexts)
  6. Adult education and out-of-school mathematics (and teachers in these contexts)
Types of Research
  1. Qualitative/interpretative methods
  2. Quantitative methods
  3. Mixed methods
  4. Theoretical/philosophical analysis

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