Discussion Group on Mathematics Houses and their impact on mathematics education

ICME 13

Announcement

As you may know, The 13th International Congress on Mathematical Education will be held in Hamburg, Germany in July 2016(http://www.icme13.org/). A discussion group as follows will be organized for this congress to introduce similar structures as mathematics houses with similar aims throughout the world and hope for future co operations among us.
We are expecting to receive contributions and your willingness to attend these sessions by April 1, 2016. You can contact us via the email addresses of the first Co-chair (a_ rejali@cc.iut.ac.ir or a.rejali@yahoo.com). We look forward to see you in our meetings and have your contributions soon.

Discussion Group on Mathematics Houses and their impact on mathematics education
ICME-13

Tuesday July 26th and Friday July 29th, 2016- (16:30- 18:00 O'clock)

 


Co-Chairs

     1. Ali Rejali, Isfahan University of Technology, Isfahan, Iran. ( a_rejali@ cc.iut.ac.ir)

     2. Peter Taylor, University of Canberra, Canberra, Australia. (pjt013@gmail.com)
 

Team Members

1. Abolfazl Rafiepour, Shahid Bahonar University,(Kerman Mathematics House) Kerman, Iran;( drafiepour@gmail.com)
2. Yahya Tabesh, Sharif University of Technology,( Tehran Mathematics House), Tehran, Iran;( tabesh@sharif.edu)
3. Jerôme Germoni, Lyon House for Mathematics and Informatics, Lyon, France (
germoni@math.univ-lyon1.fr)

History 

Since 1999, in Iran, teams of teachers and university staff have established what are called Mathematics Houses throughout the country. “Math House” is a community center that aims to provide opportunities for students and teachers at all levels for experiencing deeper understanding of mathematics and developing creativity through working on real life problems by team working and cooperation.
The Math House programs include workshops and independent studies for exploring the essence of mathematics in the sense of beauty and joy of math and satisfaction of creativity and problem solving. Subjects such as history and applications of mathematical sciences, mathematical games and studying multidisciplinary ideas are considered. Mathematics and art, bioinformatics, mathematics and social sciences, and medical or engineering mathematics are essential.
Later on these mathematics houses have been established in more than 30 cities in Iran. (Barbeau, E.J., Taylor, P. J. (Eds.),  Challenging Mathematics In and Beyond the Classroom, the 16th ICMI Study, New ICMI Study Series, 2009. Pages 53, 56, 75, 88, 89- 92 and Challenging Mathematics – Mathematics Houses in Iran, Annex 10 in Challenges In Basic Mathematics Education, UNESCO 2012 pp 84-87,  http://unesdoc.unesco.org/images/0019/001917/191776e.pdf).
House of Mathematics has also been established in Lyon, France, Belgium, Mathematicum in Giessen (Germany), the Arhimedes premises in Belgrade and possibly in some other places as well, which can be introduced in this Discussion Group.

Aims of the DG

Introducing Mathematics Houses and similar institutions throughout the world to the audience and discussing their effect on mathematics education and their important impact on promoting team working and popularizing mathematics, as well as looking for some new ways of cooperation and exchange of experiences. 

 Questions

1. What are the novel and interesting ideas of mathematics houses around the world? What are the goals and aims?
2. What kind of contents should be addressed? In what forms?
3. Who are the audiences of such institutes? How can they be attracted and helped?
4. How would these houses affect local neighborhood math education systems, especially school math?
5. What are transmission modes for the addressed contents: self-guided exhibitions vs. human mediation?
6. How should math contests and math Olympiads, research and modeling, and other mathematical activities be also addressed in these houses?
7. How could international cooperation be organized? 

 


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