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HPM2016 Editorial

 

INTRODUCTION

 

Luis RADFORD1, Fulvia FURINGHETTI2, Thomas HAUSBERGER3

1 Université Laurentienne, Canada

2 Università degli Studi di Genova, Italy

3 Université de Montpellier, France

Welcome to HPM 2016. HPM 2016 is the ninth quadrennial ICME satellite meeting of the International Study Group on the Relations between the History and Pedagogy of Mathematics (the HPM group).

HPM is one of the affiliate groups of ICMI — the International Commission on Mathematical Instruction. HPM 2016 is a satellite meeting of the corresponding ICME International Congress on Mathematical Education (ICME) organized by ICMI.

The quadrennial satellite meetings are a major activity of HPM. They bring together individuals with a keen interest in the relationship between the history of mathematics and mathematics education. They include: (1) researchers in mathematics education who are interested in the history of mathematics and mathematical thinking; (2) mathematics teachers at all levels who are eager to gain insights into how the history of mathematics can be integrated into teaching and how they can help students to learn mathematics; (3) historians of mathematics who wish to talk about their research; (4) mathematicians who want to learn about new possibilities to teach their discipline; and (5) all those with an interest in the history of mathematics and pedagogy.

The general theme of HPM 2016 is “Mathematics in the Mediterranean.” The program and activities are structured around the following topics:

1. Theoretical and/or conceptual frameworks for integrating history in mathematics education.

2. History and epistemology in students’ and teachers’ mathematics education: Classroom experiments and teaching materials.

3. Original sources in the classroom and their educational effects.

4. Mathematics and its relation to science, technology, and the arts: Historical issues and interdisciplinary teaching and learning.

5. Cultures and mathematics.

6. Topics in the history of mathematics education.

7. Mathematics in Mediterranean countries.

HPM 2016 convenes this year in the Mediterranean city of Montpellier, France, from July 18 to July 22, 2016. HPM 2016 is the result of a strong collaboration between the HPM group and the IREM de Montpellier (a well world-wide known research institute on the teaching of mathematics). The papers presented at HPM 2016 are grouped in the Proceedings by type of presentation: plenary sessions, discussion groups, panels, oral presentations, workshops, posters, and exhibitions.

We are grateful for the support received from the IREM of Montpellier, the Université de Montpellier, the city of Montpellier, and the various sponsors and volunteers that have helped us bring HPM 2016 to fruition. The Local Organizing Committee has done tremendous work to ensure that the participants feel at home in one of the most beautiful French towns. Montpellier is, indeed, very famous for its culture and history, and has one of the oldest universities in the world, where Joseph D. Gergonne published in the early 19th century one of the oldest mathematical journals. Gergonne’s portrait appears in the logo and the website banner of the Conference.