In July three members of the AIMSSEC team – Marie Joubert, Lindiwe Tshuma and Ingrid Mostert – gave presentations at the conference for Classroom Teaching Research for All Students (CTRAS) and at the International Congress on Mathematical Education (ICME) which both took place in Hamburg, Germany.
At the CTRAS conference Marie and Ingrid presented research from the FaSMEd project related to using big cards in whole class discussions and to different types of classification activities that were used in the project. Both presentations were well received and stimulated interesting discussions.
ICME takes place every four years in different international locations. This year it was attended by more than 3500 participants from more than 100 countries. Lindiwe and Ingrid attended the pre-congress Early Career Researcher Day together with about 450 other young researchers. On the first day of the congress Marie, together with international colleagues, presented the findings of their international survey on teachers working and learning through collaboration. Later in the week Marie, Lindiwe and Ingrid each presented their research within their topic study groups. The congress provided opportunities both to share South African perspectives with the international community and to gain insights into issues faced by other countries, many of which are the same as those faced in South Africa.