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kolobe ya naga e maatlaKeynote Speakers


The following keynote speakers have accepted invitations to the conference:

Cyril Julie

Matthias Kawski

Verdiana Masanja

John Mason

Alan Schoenfeld




Alan SchoenfeldAlan H. Schoenfeld
Graduate School of Education at UC Berkeley

Alan Schoenfeld is past president of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), a member of the National Academy of Education, and holds the Elizabeth and Edward Conner Chair in Education. He is a past member of the AMS Committee on Education. He has been involved several activities with the Math Sciences Education Board (MSEB).

His research deals with thinking, teaching, and learning, with an emphasis on mathematics. One focus of his work has been on problem solving. His book on this topic, Mathematical Problem Solving (1985), characterizes what it means to "think mathematically" and describes a research-based undergraduate course in mathematical problem solving.

Another aspect of his research deals with assessment. Prof Schoenfeld heads the Balanced Assessment Project, which has developed alternative assessments for K-12 mathematics curricula.

A third area of interest is modeling the process of teaching, and a current goal of his work is to understand how and why teachers do what they do, as they teach. He is associate editor of Cognition and Instruction and an editor of Research in Collegiate Mathematics Education. He chairs the Joint Policy Board for Mathematics' Task force on Enhancing the Educational Efforts of Faculty, and is a Writing Group Leader for grades 9-12 of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics' Standards 2000.



       Verdiana Masanja

Department of Mathematics, University of Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania
Verdiana Grace Masanja did her doctoral studies in Berlin, at the Technishe Universitaet Berlin, where she specialised in Fluid Dynamics. She has been employed in the Mathematics Department of the University of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania since 1976 where she is currently head of the department.  She is also chairperson of the Mathematics panel at the Tanzania Institute for Education.

She is very much involved in Mathematics in Africa.  At the moment she is Vice president of the African Mathematical Union as well as Chairperson of the AMU Commission for Women Mathematicians.  She is Assistant Editor of the Nairobi Journal of Mathematics and Guest Editor of the International Journal for Management and Systems.

Dr Masanja has published extensively in a variety of mathematical fields, including Differential Equations, Number Theory, Mathematical Modelling, Mathematics Education and Gender Issues, one of her special interests.

Amongst a variety of assignments on international level, her report "Innovations in Mathematics Teacher Education in Africa in the past 10 years", written in 1998, is particularly well known.

Her skills in organising international conferences have been proven in the numerous conferences, seminars and workshops (in particular in gender capacity building) that she has successfully organised.




            Matthias Kawski
Department of Mathematics, Arizona State University

Matthias Kawski studied at the Universities of Hamburg and Tuebingen in Germany before earning a Ph.D. in Mathematics in 1986 at the University of Colorado in Boulder. After a short post-doctoral position at Rutgers University, he moved to Arizona State University where he holds a professorship in mathematics.

His original training, and continuing primary research area is differential geometric control theory, at the interface of pure mathematics and mathematical engineering. This is complemented by his steadily growing interest in mathematics education over the past decade.

One of his primary interests is the use of modern computing technology and interactive visualization for both original mathematical research and teaching. His efforts in instructional innovations span from introductory calculus through linear algebra, vector calculus, complex analysis and differential geometry to advanced nonlinear control.Currently some of his primary interests involve taking full advantage of the, until most recently unthinkable, interactivity made possible by JAVA, the utility of the associated visual language to bring back coherence into a compartmentalized  curriculum, to reconnect introductory studies with advanced disciplinary research, and to reestablish lost connections between disciplines.




        John Mason

Centre for Mathematics Education, The Open University, UK

John Mason has been Director (or Acting Director) of the Centre for Mathematics Education at the Open University for most of the time since its inception in 1984.  His interests are in problem solving, and in ways of working on mathematics and on the teaching and learning of mathematics.  Thus he seeks ways to foster, support, and sustain mathematical thinking with others.  He is interested in the role of mental imagery in the teaching and learning of mathematics, and in ways of provoking students to be active in making sense of and exploring mathematics.

He has also formulated a research method for practitioners interested in moving from professional development to research on their own practices, known as the Discipline of Noticing, which describes how he works.  He has two major projects in hand: the study of generalisation in the context of historical word problems at the boundary betwen arithmetic and algebra, and a hypertextrual collection of gambits-strategies-tactics and frameworks for informing the teaching of mathematics.  He also explores different ways of presenting mathematics to others.

Principle author of Thinking Mathematically, and author of Learning And Doing Mathematics, he has also written or inspired numerous practical publications for teachers of mathematics in school.  He has a draft of a book on the teaching of mathematics at college level seeking a publisher, and based on a unit written for an Open University course in 1999.



       Cyril Julie

Faculty of Education, University of the Western Cape, Cape Town, South Africa
Cyril Julie teaches courses in Mathematics Education in the Faculty of Education at the University of the Western Cape. His research interests are around the teaching and learning of applications and modelling in school mathematics; technology use in mathematics teaching and learning and the socio-political aspects of mathematical education.

Cyril is the secretary of the African Mathematical Union’s Commission on Mathematics Education (AMUCME). He is currently; with colleagues from Mozambique, Norway, Uganda and Zimbabwe; co-ordinating a Southern African Doctoral Programme in Mathematics Education (SADPROME) which has as the building of research capacity in Mathematics Education in the Southern African region.