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Looking Back, Looking Ahead: Celebrating 40 years of PME-NA


Hyatt Regency Greenville, Greenville, South Carolina
November 15-18, 2018

During the past 40 years mathematics education has evolved, yet we face enduring challenges that persist within our field. As a part of our celebration of 40 years of PME-NA research, we focus on two such enduring challenges. Our first enduring challenge focuses on changing mathematical and pedagogical demands for P-16 education, as well as in the preparation of teachers of mathematics at all levels. How do shifting policy documents, curriculum materials, and expectations of industry shape teaching, learning, and research in mathematics education? Our second enduring challenge centers on supporting all students through a concerted focus on the braiding of equitable teaching in our collective research. As our population changes, so does what it means to support all students. How are we, as mathematics education researchers, addressing needs of all students?

In addition to these enduring challenges, the conference will also look ahead to emerging opportunities in mathematics education research. First, advances in technology, such as artificial intelligence, augmented reality, simulations, and other innovations provide new opportunities to explore how technology can be used in the service of mathematics education and research. As such, the conference seeks proposals that explore the potential of these and other technologies in mathematics education. Second, mathematics itself is increasingly interdisciplinary, with significant growth in fields like mathematical ecology and mathematical biology. In what ways might advancements in these interdisciplinary fields shift what kinds of mathematics is important to know? What opportunities might such shifts provide? Correspondingly, how might such changes impact the norms for what counts as legitimate forms of inquiry in mathematics education research?

Proposal deadlines are as follows:

  • February 28, 2018 by 11:59pm Pacific for Research Reports and Brief Research Reports
  • March 28, 2018 by 11:59pm Pacific for Posters and Working Groups

More information is available at

We hope you will consider joining us in Greenville!

Thomas E. Hodges, University of South Carolina, George J. Roy, University of South Carolina, Andrew M. Tyminski, Clemson University
2018 Conference Co-Chairs



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