QEM International Workshop on Mathematics Education
Setting a Collaborative Research
Mathematics Education in Africa and the United States
July 31 - August 1, 2006 in Dakar, Senegal
In July 2006, QEM hosted an International
Workshop in Dakar, Senegal entitled Setting a Collaborative
Research Agenda: Mathematics
Education in Africa and the United States. In collaboration
with the 2006 Pan-African Mathematics Olympiad (PAMO) and supported
by the National Science Foundation and the John Templeton Foundation,
the International Workshop focused on research in mathematics
education and potential collaborations among researchers and
educators in the United States and Africa. The workshop preceded
the 2006 Pan-African Mathematics Olympiad (PAMO), an annual mathematics
competition for high school students from across Africa.
The goals of the Workshop
(1) Provide a forum for the discussion of key issues in mathematics
education in countries across the African continent, along with a discussion
of potential strategies for the resolution of these issues based on actual
experiences and research findings in the United States and in Africa; and
(2) Help enable a more timely exchange of research-based knowledge and
awareness of “best practices” in mathematics education by strengthening the
communication links and information flow between United States education
researchers and mathematicians and their counterparts in Africa.
The Workshop brought together
experienced mathematics education researchers and mathematicians
from the United States with mathematicians, teachers, national-level
administrators, and teacher educators from across the African
continent to discuss identified issues in mathematics education
and set an agenda for future collaborative research activity.
This research will provide a broad framework for identifying
and sharing strategies to improve mathematics education in
the United States and Africa at all levels of education.
A key outcome of the Workshop is expected to be the formulation of a collaborative
research agenda involving researchers from the United States and Africa and
with the potential to provide a strong underpinning for future improvements
in mathematics education across the African continent. The agenda-setting will
involve the participation of practitioners (teachers and teacher educators)
as well as mathematicians and researchers in mathematics education. Invited
participants were asked to submit a one-page summary of work/research in which
they are engaged that they considered relevant to the Workshop’s goals.
Click here for
the QEM/PAMO Dakar International Workshop Executive
Click here for
information on November 2007 Followup Activity:
Foundation Committee of Visitors for PAMO
If you would
like more information about the QEM International Mathematics
Education Workshop, please feel free to contact Dr. Monica
Mitchell at (firstname.lastname@example.org)
or Dr. Shirley McBay, Project Director, at (email@example.com).
Either also can be reached by telephone at 202/659-1818.