Discussion Group (DG)

The objective of a Discussion Group is to provide attendees with the opportunity to discuss a specific research topic of shared interest. The idea of a DG may be the result of an Ad Hoc Meeting or an intensive discussion of a research report during the previous conference. DGs may begin with short synopses of research work or a set of pressing questions. The DG is more exploratory in character, and especially suitable for topics which are not appropriate for collaborative work in a working session (WS) because they are not yet sufficiently elaborated (‘emergent’ topics), or because a coherent research strategy has not been identified. A successful DG may result in an application for WS one year later.

Submission and Reviewing Process

A DG application must include

  • names of a coordinator and an assistant coordinator, both of whom must be active members of PME
  • information about the theoretical background of the topic of the DG as well as questions or goals which guide the work in the DG
  • a short outline about the goals and/or activities planned for each of the two 90 minutes sessions
  • a plan for how the attendees can participate actively in the discussion (a DG must not consist solely of presentations).

A two pages proposal for a DG must be submitted not later than March 1st in the year of the conference. The International Program Committee (IPC) reviews and selects the DGs during the second IPC meeting. Notification of the decision of the IPC to accept or reject the proposal will be emailed in April.

Presentation and Proceedings

The two pages proposals of accepted Discussion Groups will be included in the Conference Proceedings. Two 90-minute sessions will be allocated to Discussion Groups. After presentation, coordinators of each Discussion Group are required to send a report of its activities to the Administrative Manager This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. before the end of  September following the conference. This report may be included in PME Newsletter.