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John Berry is Professor of Mathematics Education and Associate Dean of Learning and Teaching at the University of Plymouth (UK). He is the Editor of  The International Journal of Computer Algebra in Mathematics Education.  John will lead a discussion session on student centred learning. In most countries, mathematics in higher education is 'taught' through a lecture/tutorial/problem solving format. The aim of this session is to challenge that traditional teacher centred approach and to explore more student centred approaches. John invites a celebration and sharing of student centred learning.
Professor Johann Engelbrecht, Department of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics, University of Pretoria (SA) is co-founder of the South African Mathematics Education Reform Network, and 1998 recipient of the National Championship in Mathematics Teaching Award in South Africa.  In his discussion session he, and others, will focus on the ways and means that had to be devised to cope with the effects of a changed community filtering through to university level in a country that has gone through political changes of immense proportions.
Derek Holton is Professor of Pure Mathematics at Otago (NZ) with research interests in graph theory and mathematics education. 
Derek will lead a panel discussion on Coping with a range of students in NZ.  Panelists will discuss changes in schools and how they affect universities; mature age students and weaker ability students; mathematics servicing medical and Engineering students; and the problem of sustaining viable mathematics majors. 
Speakers will not only cover content but more importantly different approaches to teaching.
Well known author, Professor Deborah Hughes-Hallett (Harvard University) is a Fellow of the AAAS and the recent recipient of awards from ICTCM and the Assoc. for Women in Mathematics. Deborah will lead a panel discussion, Mathematics from Many Angles, with the focus on mathematics courses as seen by students and colleagues in other disciplines. The panel will explore the views of students and faculty in science, engineering, and the social sciences. Using these views as a springboard, there will be an open discussion on how best to teach students with a range of goals.
Harvey Keynes (University of Minnesota, Minneapolis) is a professor of mathematics and Director, IT Center for Educational Programs.  Harvey will lead a panel discussion on  Technology in the calculus classroom: assessing strengths and issues. Following an overview of what is known about the impact of technology especially in regard to female and underpriveledged students, speakers will examine the results of a large scale technology-based program and its impact on student learning, especially females; describe a study/project on the main issues and discuss the relevant aspects of cognitive and learning theory with special attention to gender and background.