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How national societies can influence at the national level suitable policies for mathematics?. Prof. Dr. Günter Törner. 19.11.2014. 1. Necessary, but not sufficient.

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How national societies can influence at the national level suitable policies for mathematics

How national societies can influence at the national level suitable policies for mathematics?

Prof. Dr. Günter Törner

19.11.2014


1 necessary but not sufficient

1. Necessary, but not sufficient

  • Excellent research in main fields of mathematics and visibility of national authors in international journals as well conferences.


2 mathematics education

2. Mathematics education

  • Regard mathematics education as a mathematical subdomain, something like ‘applied mathematics’ with interdisciplinary features, with nontrivial problems and non-canonical solutions.


3 support

3. Support

  • Mathematics education requires appreciation and acknowledgement, last not least support from the mathematicians.


4 staff

4. Staff

  • The personal in mathematics education is as good as the mathematicians let them be qualified. As soon as the mathematics educators are not supported the mathematics community, they will build coalitions with professors from faculties of education, we are loosing valuable influence on the relevant research topics; consider whether it is possible to offer them a special PhD title.


5 english as a research language

5. English as a research language

  • Encourage mathematics educators to publish results in English! Seek contacts to the Committee of Education in EMS; please invite them to get in contact with your national boards.


6 mathematics education and your national math community

6. Mathematics education and your national math community

  • MEis integrated in your society, why not offer the mathematics educators a permanent seat in your EC? Highly recommended!

  • ME is represented by a separate learned society: Then you should have joint declarations, discussion boards, also a joint conference after 3-4 years, joint commissions on questions of teacher education, the transition problem as well as curriculum.


7 voice of mathematics

7. ‘Voice of mathematics’

  • In case of political declarations, there should be only ONE voice in a country.


8 think bigger

8. Think bigger

  • We should be aware (even in Germany) that our mathematical societies need partners since the math learned society/ies are not large enough to have sufficient influence; e.g. often the learned society of physicists have comparable goals, hence we are friendly communicating, sending invitations to our meetings and inform them about our agenda of our meetings.


9 fome friends of mathematics education

9. FoME – Friends of mathematics education

  • We should be aware (even in Germany) that mathematics and mathematics education needs friends, e.g. sponsoring by foundations and NGO etc.


10 humans not only organisations should cooperate

10. Humans, not only organisations should cooperate

  • Contacts are often lived by persons, not primarily by institutions. Thus, usually there is a change of persons, try to convince the new personal to continue. Invite your cooperating partners to a dinner at the previous evening of your annual conference.


10 humans not only organisations should cooperate1

10. Humans, not only organisations should cooperate

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