In ECER 2017 NW 24 received 40 submissions. After the reviewing process, we approved 37 paper presentations, 3 symposia (involving 12 papers), and 1 poster. Regarding the previous year NW 24 experienced a great increase of the sessions (37 sessions vs. 19; which means a 94.7% more sessions in 2017). This situation has improved the decrease noticed last year in terms of papers presented in ECER. There were 14 sessions in total, considering that this year we had 2 parallel sessions and 1 joint session. In this regard, there were scheduled 3 different joint sessions, however due to authors’ withdrawals, 2 joint sessions were cancelled.
The main topics discussed during the ECER 2017 in NW24 include: mathematics teachers’ beliefs, iterative designs, mixed methods to analyse testing in higher education, relationship between motivation and learning strategies drawing on PISA results, networks of in-service teachers in mathematics, self-regulated learning strategies, the use of multiple representations, assessment, the development of PCK (pedagogical content knowledge) among teachers of mathematics, the use of multiple analytical frames to analyse data from the classroom, educational policies related to how to teach mathematics, curriculum, mathematics in context, how to work with gifted students, parents engagement in mathematics education, mathematics and women studies, STEM approaches in the teaching and learning of mathematics, among other important topics.
The maximum score of the papers was 9.4 points. Half of the papers submitted obtained an average of 6.7 points or more. We approved 90.2% of the papers presented this year. Similar to last year, the audience appreciated specially the symposiums. During the business meeting, more cross-NWs collaboration was requested, as a detail to improve for next conferences.
This year we had a special call in NW 24. The main aim of this call was to provide the opportunity to create a forum for attendees to discuss and better understand the nature of mathematical thinking and learning. We offered researchers from different disciplines to contribute to the NW24 main focus drawing on a critical reflective approach, including features such as interdisciplinary, cross-cultural approaches, combining social, educational and other perspectives.
Considering the increase on the numbers reported in the last section, the special call meant a huge impact on the traditional number of participants in our network, because we noticed more than a 90% of increase in the papers accepted for presentation.
The papers came from 16 different countries all around the World. I want to notice also that the special call was one of the commitments made during the business meeting on ECER 2016. We were able to make it happens and the result is totally positive.