On May 30-June 1, 2012, staff members of the Institute of Sustainable Education professor Anita Pipere and researcher Elga Drelinga as well as profesor of Faculty of Education and Management Elfrīda Krastiņa and doctoral student of pedagogy from Daugavpils University Liene Kvedere took part in the 13th International conference „Teaching Mathematics: Retrospective and Perspectives” in Tartu, Estonia.
The conference was organized by the Institute of Technology at the Estonian University of Life Sciences in cooperation with Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Sciences at the University of Tartu. The conference aimed to bring together the university teachers and researchers to share experience and discuss research results related to such topics as teaching and learning mathematics in school, training of teachers of mathematics, Information and Communication Technologies in mathematics education, history of mathematics education, etc. The conference welcomed participants from Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Finland, and Sweden.
Anita Pipere represented Daugavpils University and the Institute of Sustainable Education with a joint presentation with Madis Lepik (Tallinn University) „Cooperation and recognition at school and teachers’ beliefs and practice: The case of Latvian and Estonian mathematics teachers” and as a co-author of presentation by Madis Lepik, Anita Pipere, and Markku Hannula (University of Helsinki) „Estonian, Latvian and Finnish teachers’ beliefs about teaching mathematics” delivered at the plenary session of conference. Both presentations depicted the latest cross-cultural results from the international NorBa project “Nordic-Baltic comparative research in mathematics education” (http://norbal.wordpress.com/). Elfrīda Krastiņa and her doctoral student Elga Drelinga presented the research „Problem tasks during mathematics lessons in elementary school: luxury or necessity?”. Doctoral student Liene Kvedere gave a presentation “Mathematics anxiety among the 9th grade students in Latvia” based on the results obtained within the international project „Non-cognitive skills and Singaporean students – International comparisons”. After the conference the regular NorBa Project seminar was organized in Tartu involving the NorBa project participants who took part in conference.
The doctoral students’ participation in this conference was supported by the ESF project “Support to Implementation of Doctoral Studies at Daugavpils University”, agreement No. 2009/0140/1DP/220.127.116.11.2/09/IPIA/VIAA/015.