Vera W. de Spinadel
9th International Congress on
University of Buenos Aires, Argentina
Flying from Japan back to my
home in Buenos Aires, Argentina, I imagined the following dialogue
with an unknown reporter:
Question: What did you
do in Japan?
I attended the 9th International Congress on Mathematical
Education (ICME-9), held in Tokyo/Makuhari from July 31 to August
Question: What was your
role as a participant?
Answer: I have been invited
to be the Chief Organizer of a Topic Study Group TSG 20: Art
and Mathematics Education.
Question: What was the
main purpose of this group?
Answer: To gather contributions
from different countries and cultures,so as to have a great display
of how Art interacts with Mathematics Education.
Question: How was it organized?
Answer: There were two 90
minutes Sessions and a very nice exhibiton that ran parallel
Question: Tell me about
Answer: The first one was
devoted to Visual Arts and Cultural History. The speakers were
Javier Barrallo and Paquita Blanco (Spain), who presented an
interesting mathematical simulation of gothic cathedrals, then
Liu Keming (China) talked about mathematical issues in Chinese
ancient painting and drawing and finally, Muneki Shimono (Japan)
showed his program of teaching the cultural history of Mathematics.
The second session was devoted to Mathematical education and
its relation with Art. Julianna Szendrei (Hungary) talked about
Art and Mathematics in primary teachers' training, then María
V. Ponza (Argentina) showed a beautiful video about how to link
Mathematics with dance, and finally I invented a fable related
by a strange old man: the famous Golden Mean!
Question: And which were
the conclusions of this group?
Answer: As the approach was
quite multidisciplinary, we agreed that Art, in any of its many
forms, has to be used as a main tool in teaching Mathematics
to ANY student, not only to students engaged in artistic studies.
Question: What are your
Answer: Extending this globalizing
idea to the research field, we are organizing the Third
World Conference Mathematics & Design 2001 Mind/Ear/Eye/Hand/Digital
at Deakin University, Geelong, Australia, 3-5 July, 2001. You
are kindly invited to attend!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
W. de Spinadel is a Full Consultant Professor at the Faculty
of Architecture, Design and Urbanism at the University of Buenos
Aires, Argentina. She is the Director of the research centre
Mathematics and Design,
which comprises a team of interdisciplinary professionals working
on the relations amoung Mathematics and Informatics with Design,
where the word "design" is understood in a very broad
sense (architectonic, graphic, industrial, textile, image and
sound design, etc.). She organized the First and Second International
Conferences on Mathematics and Design. She is the author of several
books and has published many research papers in international
journals. She has received several research and development grants
as well as several research and technological production prizes.
The correct citation for
this article is:
W. de Spinadel, "Conference Report: 9th International Congress
on Mathematical Education
(ICME-9)", Nexus Network Journal, vol. 2, no. 4 (October
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