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AMESA 2013 Congress

Location: University of the Western Cape
Contact: Rajen Govender -

19th  Annual National Congress of the Association for Mathematics Education of South Africa.
Mon. 24 June – Fri. 28 June

Mathematicsvs.the Curriculum: What’s the score?

Starts: 2013/03/06 13:00
Ends: 2013/07/31 13:00

19th  Annual National Congress of the Association for Mathematics Education of South Africa.

Mon. 24 June – Fri. 28 June 2013

Mathematicsvs.the Curriculum: What’s the score?

For the past two decades AMESA has been witness to and has, in diverse ways, participated in the transformations of the school curriculum for mathematics, away from the apartheid-era curriculum to the interim curricula and on to the various iterations of Curriculum 2005, including the current result of such transformations, commonly referred to as CAPS.

The relation between mathematics as a disciplinary field of research and what comes to be constituted as mathematics in schooling is almost always in a state of tension, not least because the recontextualising of mathematics contents to schooling has never been a smooth process. Schooling is cut across by the interests of many important stakeholders, each making their particular demands on the mathematics curriculum, and usually in a manner that does not concernitself with the mathematical consistency and coherence of school mathematics. We recognise that schooling is an arena in which competing social, political, economic, cultural and civil interests generate distorting effects on school mathematics as they play themselves out. We also note that school mathematics is, nevertheless, obliged to strive to realise some degree of fidelity to the field of mathematics, and the ways in which school curricula, texts, teachers and students attempt to realise that goal while themselves immersed in a sea of competing interests, generates a rich and fascinating world of human endeavour. The contents of this world are not always fully congruent with their counterparts in the field of mathematics, but that is not to be lamented because it offers us a context to study and appreciate the mathematical resourcefulness of those who contribute to the realisation of school mathematics in all its forms.

The theme of the conference asks us to attend to the specific and peculiar ways in which mathematics comes to be constituted in schooling and how, and even to offer some ideas of why.


You are invited to participate in the Nineteenth Annual National Congress of the Association for Mathematics Education of South Africa (AMESA) and to submit contributions on the theme:

Mathematics vs. the Curriculum: What’s the score?

Venue: The University of the Western Cape, Bellville, Cape Town, Western Cape Province.

Date:  24th – 28th June 2013

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The Congress Director                                              The Academic Coordinator

Rajendran Govender                                                                    Zain Davis

Room 69                                                                                        Room 5.20.5 Graduate School in Humanities

School of Science and Mathematics Education                       University of Cape Town

University of the Western Cape                                                   Private Bag

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Tel: 021 959 2248                                                                          Tel: 021 650 2775

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