The Mathematics Education into the 21st Century Project
Proceedings of the International Conference
The Humanistic Renaissance in Mathematics Education
Hotel Città del Mare, Terrasini, Palermo, Italy
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Wishes to thank the following for their support:
Facoltà di Scienze della Formazione dell'Università di Palermo
Dipartimento di Matematica dell'Università di Palermo
G.R.I.M. (Gruppo di Ricerca Insegnamento Matematica)
di Matematica dell'Università di Pavia
L'Università degli Studi di Palermo
Provincia Regionale di Palermo
The Hong Kong Institute of Education
The Virtual School for the Gifted
The Third World Forum
International Program Committee
ChairmanDr. Alan Rogerson, International Coordinator of the Mathematics in Society Project (Poland).
Prof Khaled Abuloum, University of Jordan (Jordan).
Professor Roberto Baldino, UNESP (Brazil).
Dr. Andy Begg , Senior Lecturer in Mathematics Education, University of Waikato (New Zealand).
Dr. Donna F. Berlin, Mathematics, Science, and Technology Education, The Ohio State University (USA)
Prof. Dr. Werner Blum, University of Kassel (Germany).
Professor Ubiratan D'Ambrosio, Emeritus Professor of Mathematics, State University of Campinas/UNICAMP, (Brazil).
Professor Bruno D'Amore, University of Bolgna (Italy).
Prof Dr William Ebeid, Emeritus Professor, Faculty of Education, Ain Shams University (Egypt).
Prof. Omar Hassan El Sheikh, University of Jordan (Jordan).
Professor Paul Ernest, Professor of the Philosophy of Mathematics Education, University of Exeter (UK).
Prof. Dr. Gabriele Kaiser, Hamburg University (Germany).
Dr. Madeleine J.Long, Program Director, American Association for the Advancement of Science (USA).
Prof Dr Fayez Mina, Dept. of Curriculum & Instruction, Faculty of Education, Ain Shams University (Egypt).
Prof Nicolina Malara, University of Modena (Italy)
Prof Dr M. Ali M. Nassar, Director of Planning Center, Institute of National Planning (Egypt).
Professor Lionel Pereira Mendoza, Associate Professor, Division of Mathematics, National Institute of Education (Singapore).
Professor Angela Pesci, University of Pavia (Italy)
Prof. Medhat Rahim, Lakehead University, Faculty of Education (Canada).
Professor Filippo Spagnolo, University of Palermo, Sicily, Italy.
Professor Dr. Alicia Villar Icasuriaga, Instituto deProfesores"Artigas" (IPA), Montevideo, (Uruguay)
Dr. Arthur L. White, Mathematics, Science, and Technology Education, The Ohio State University ( USA)
Professor. Wacek Zawadowski, Warsaw University (Poland).
Local Organizing Committee
ChairmanDr. Filippo Spagnolo, University of Palermo, Sicily, Italy.
Prof.ssa Rosa Maria Sperandeo, Direttore della S.I.S.S.I.S. (Scuola Interuniversitaria Siciliana per la Specializzazione e l'Insegnamento Secondario)
Prof.ssa Patrizia Lendinara, Preside della Facoltà di Scienze della Formazione Università di Palermo
Prof. Aurelio Rigoli, Presidente del Consiglio di Corso di Laurea in Scienze della Formazione Primaria Università di Palermo
Prof. Pasquale Vetro, Direttore del Dipartimento di Matematica e Applicazioni dell'Università di Palermo.
Prof. Pietro Nastasi, Dipartimento di Matematica Università di Palermo
Prof. Aldo Brigaglia, Dipartimento di Matematica Università di Palermo
Prof.ssa Grazia Indovina, Dipartimento di Matematica Università di Palermo
Prof.ssa Teresa Marino, Dipartimento di Matematica Università di Palermo
Prof.ssa Maria Vittoria Di Leonardo, Dipartimento di Matematica Università di Palermo
Prof. Umberto Bottazzini, Dipartimento di Matematica Università di Palermo.
Chaiman of the Programme Committee
Welcome, Good morning and thanks to all participants of the fourth meeting of our international group 21st Century for Mathematics Education (with symbol MEC21).
Im very pleased to meet in Palermo the olds friends of Cairo (1999), Amman (2000) and Cairns (2001) (Australia).
I hope that your permanence in Città del Mare and Palermo will be very comfortable and agreeable.
The organisation of the conference program guaranties a variety of approaches following different schools of thoughts, different cultures, and different cognitive styles, in perfect accord with constitutive international group MEC21. The Mathematics Education will be able to assure a Renaissance if we will link, in other words throw a bridge, with other sciences: art, linguistic, anthropology, philosophy, neuroscience, sociology and mathematics, history of mathematics, logic, fundamentals of mathematics, application of mathematics, experimental sciences, etc In this way we will be able among other things to exchange methods and contents.
The understanding of phenomena of learning/teaching is complex, it needs many tools. The semiotic approach to mathematics and to mathematics education is one possibility.
For this purpose it is very important to have suggestions by teachers and by researchers in mathematics education. An example is the Super Course, which will be shown today in the plenary session by Alan Rogerson & Fayez Mina.
Palermo has a tradition in research in Mathematics and in Mathematics Education:
All these activity are well connected with researches in Mathematics Education in Italy.
For example we cite:
It is custom in all meetings to have a presentation with formal many thanks. In this occasion they are not formal because the collaboration in organisation of meeting has been constructive and efficient by many people.
Many thanks to the President of Sicily Region on. Salvatore Cuffaro.
Many thanks to the President of Province Regional of Palermo on. Francesco Musotto.
Many thanks to the Prof.ssa Patrizia Lendinara Dean of Science of Education Faculty and in this occasion delegate by the Rector of Palermo University. I should like remember the important role of Science of Education Faculty in organise this meeting.
Many thanks to the Dean of course of degree in Scienze della Formazione Primaria (formation of future teacher in elementary and maternal school), prof. Aurelio Rigoli.
Many thanks to the Dean of SISSIS (post degree master for future teachers in middle and secondary school of Sicily) and Vice-President of GIREP (International Group of Physics Education)Prof.ssa Rosa Maria Sperandeo.
Many thanks to the Head of Mathematics DepartmentProf. Pasquale Vetro.
Many thanks to PhD students in Mathematics Education, to graduate students of Primary Education Science, to people which just have the degree in Primary Education Science.
Many thanks to components of GRIM (Research Group on Learning/Teaching of Mathematics), to components of Palermos teacher association AICM, to components of the Local Organizing Committee.
Many thanks to Publischer Center ofScience of Education Faculty.
And finally, many tanks to Alan Rogerson & Fayez Mina, the heart of international group !!!
Local Chaiman of the Programme Committee
Student's Constructivist Paradigm in a Spatial Problem Solving Inquiry-Based Mathematics Classroom
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