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The British Congress of Mathematics Education (BCME) Conference

Leading UK mathematical organisations unite in a single conference at the University of Warwick from 30 March to 2 April 2005. The conference theme is Routes of Unity and has been organised by the British Congress of Mathematics Education (BCME).

The University of Warwick has been chosen to host this huge event not only because of its excellent conference facilities but also due to its international reputation for mathematics and the wider contribution Warwick makes to the field of mathematics.

The British Congress of Mathematics Education (BCME) is an organisation which exists for all people with an interest in mathematics education in the UK. Its membership includes representatives from pre-school education to further and higher education as well as professional mathematicians, teacher educators, advisers and inspectors, researchers and users of mathematics in other subject areas or at work. The Mathematical Association, whose former President Sir Christopher Zeeman was a Foundation Professor of Mathematics at Warwick, is one of the associations that will be in attendence.

The Routes of Unity conference promises to be a lively, relevant and exciting set of events - lecture, workshops, exhibitions and social occasions that offer all delegates a rich and rewarding conference experience based on mathematics and mathematical education. Delegates also get to enjoy a gala dinner and even have the opportunity to revert back to their students days with a visit the Students’ Union (privately booked room) for a disco.

Accommodation has been reserved for for 500 - 600 delegates who, in the main, will be members of the organising associations of BCME and so represent mathematics and mathematical education across the whole spectrum of interest and at all levels of responsibility and authority. They are a key audience of opinion formers and influencers, who have impact in schools, colleges, universities as well as government, education authorities, industry and regulatory organisations.

Keynote speakers:

Professor Celia Hoyles (Mathematics Education, University of London), Executive Director of London Mathematics Centre.

Rob Eastaway is linked to numerous initiatives across the UK to promote maths to the unconverted of all ages. He has been on BBC radio, written six books and writes numerous articles for newspapers and frequently speaks on his favourite subject which is, unsurprisingly, mathematics.

Professor Adam McBride OBE, Head of Department of Mathematics, the University of Strathcyde in Glasgow.

Professor Bernard W. Silverman, Master of St Peter's College, University of Oxford and Professor of Statistics at University of Oxford.

Dr Mike Askew, Reader in Mathematics Education, King’s College London.

University of Warwick Research Papers

Hatice Akkoç, Marmara University, Istanbul, Turkey and David Tall (University of Warwick): A Mismatch between Curriculum Design and Student Learning: The Case of the Function Concept.

Amir H Asghari (University of Warwick): Examples: Generating versus Checking.

Kirsty Wilson (University of Warwick), Janet Ainley (University of Warwick) and Liz Bills (University of East Anglia): Naming a column on a SPREADsheet: is it more algebraic?

Theodosia Prodromou and Dave Pratt (University of Warwick): Harnessing the causal to illuminate the stochastic.

Juan Pablo Mejia-Ramos and David Tall (University of Warwick): Personal and Public Aspects of Formal Proof: A Theory and a Single-Case Study.

David Tall (University of Warwick) and Anna Poynter (Kenilworth School, Kenilworth): What do mathematics and physics teachers think that Students will find difficult? A challenge to accepted practices of Teaching.

Further Information

Please visit the BCME ‘Routes of Unity’ website at: