You are kindly invited to participate in the 9th Delta Conference on Teaching and Learning of Undergraduate Mathematics and Statistics 2013, held November 24 – 29, 2013 in Kiama, Australia.
Lighthouse DELTA 2013 builds on the knowledge and collegial networks established in previous Delta conferences, a series of biennial southern hemisphere symposia that began in Brisbane in 1997. Delta attracts a wide international audience of mathematicians, educators and researchers committed to improving undergraduate mathematics and statistics education.
The 2013 conference will be held at the Pavilion, in the coastal town Kiama, in New South Wales, Australia. The conference theme, Shining through the fog encapsulates the challenges faced by those with responsibilities for building the mathematics and statistics capacity needed for the 21st century.
The theme of the conference “Shining through the fog” aims to cover the wide range of challenges faced by those responsible for providing mathematics education within the higher education sector, including but not limited to:
- Curriculum renewal to adapt to the changing needs of our graduates
- Teaching and learning standards related to mathematics and statistics
- Teaching mathematics and statistics to non-mathematicians
- The changing students expectations
- Innovative teaching and assessment approaches
- Pathways into university level mathematics and statistics
- Influencing policy
There will be three types of presentations at the conference: full paper presentations (deadline: 21.08.2013), abstract only presentations (31.08.2013) and poster presentations.
Full papers will be published in a special iJMEST issue or in the Conference Proceedings. Abstracts for oral and poster presentations will be published in the Conference Proceedings.
Each participant will be allowed to make only ONE presentation. However, subject to this condition, participants may be named as an author on more than one paper or abstract. No paper will be accepted unless at least one author is registered for the conference.
This year we will be hosting keynote speakers aligned with our theme advancing teaching and learning of undergraduate mathematics and statistics. We have assembled an exciting group of invited speakers, refer below for confirmed keynote speaker details:
Sandra Laursen, Ph.D., Co-Director and Research Associate in the Ethnography & Evaluation Research (E&ER) center at University of Colorado
Sandra Laursen is co-director of Ethnography & Evaluation Research (E&ER), an independent research unit at the University of Colorado Boulder that studies higher education and career development in science, engineering and mathematics.
Her research interests include underrepresentation of women and people of color in the sciences, inquiry-based teaching and learning, and organizational change in higher education.
Laursen has published chemistry curriculum manuals and journal articles in chemistry, education, gender studies, and the Journal of Irreproducible Results, co-directed a documentary film, and recorded a CD with Resonance Women’s Chorus. She earned a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of California at Berkeley.
Professor John William Rice, Professor of Mathematics at Sydney University
John Rice is Executive Director of the Australian Council of Deans of Science (ACDS) and an honorary professor of mathematics at Sydney University. He was the inaugural president of the Council from 1995 – 1998 and served again as president from 2006 — 2008. His mathematical interests are in differential and algebraic geometry.
As Executive Director of the ACDS from 2008 he established its annual teaching and learning conferences and more recently the ACDS Teaching and Learning Centre. These have created a national forum for teaching and learning leaders in university science and mathematics, and a high profile for the ACDS in teaching and learning policy.
Professor Marcelo C. Borba, Professor of Mathematics at State University of Sao Paulo
Marcelo C. Borba is a professor of the graduate program in mathematics education and of the mathematics department of UNESP (State University of Sao Paulo), campus of Rio Claro, Brazil, where he chairs the research group GPIMEM.
His research interests are in the use of digital technology in mathematics education, online distance education, modeling as a pedagogical approach and qualitative research methodology.
Marcelo has served in the education committee of the main research funding agency of Brazil from 2008 till 2011. He is a member of the editorial board of Educational Studies in Mathematics, and an associate editor of ZDM.
He wrote several books, book chapters and refereed papers published in Portuguese and in English. He is the editor of a collection of books in Brazil for the last ten years, which includes 25 books to date.
Professor Merrilyn Goos, Professor of Education at The University of Queensland
Merrilyn Goos is a Professor of Education at The University of Queensland, Australia, where she has worked for 20 years as a mathematics teacher educator and mathematics education researcher. From 2008 – 2012 she was Director of the Teaching and Educational Development Institute, working with all Faculties and disciplines to improve the quality of teaching and learning in the university.
Her research interests include mathematics teacher education, numeracy education in school and non-school contexts, and teaching and learning in higher education.
She is currently President of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australia and an Associate Editor of Educational Studies in Mathematics.