ERME, the European Society for Research in Mathematics Education, adresses congratulations both to Michèle Artigue and Frederick Leung for the citation of their ICMI awards, and acknowledges their important contributions to mathematics education and therefore to the mathematics education community.
Frederick Leung has received the ICMI Hans Freudenthal Award, named after the eighth president of ICMI (1967-1970), which recognizes a major cumulative program of research.
Michèle Artigue received the ICMI Felix Klein Award, named after the first president of ICMI (1908-1920), which honours a lifetime achievement. ERME enjoys especially the citation of Michèle Artigue who has contributed significantly to the development of research in mathematics education in Europe. By her involvement in numerous European collaborations, she has fostered to open a fruitful dialog between the French community of research in Didactic of Mathematics and the others European research traditions, encouraging in particular the young researchers to overcome the linguistic barrier in order to be able to attend international conference, and in particular the CERME Congresses.
Since different communities work within different theoretical approaches which complicates the international communication and collaboration, Michèle realized the necessity of a systematic reflection on the role of theories. For discussing and developing methodologically sound ways of dealing with the diversity of theories, she initiated a working group at CERME 4. Out of this initial group, the Networking Theories group emerged and fostered further
In CERME 5 at Saint Feliu de Guixols (Spain) in February 2005, Michèle Artigue was invited with Juan Diaz Godino (Spain) and Paul Ernest (United Kingdom) to a plenary panel devoted to “History and theory in mathematics education”. She concluded her contribution by sharing her personal ambition for research in mathematics education with the audience:
“I dream today about ambitious projects where theory and practice would develop in a rather harmonious way. This can be seen an utopia but, this summer, […] I was thinking that such an ambition is not necessarily out of range. This can of course not be the research of an individual, it needs teams, collaborative work involving researchers, teachers, and institutional partners; it needs substantial means and funding, but it would better evidence that didactic research has something important to offer. I am personally convinced that this is the case and I hope that, thanks to international associations like
ERME, we will be able to join our forces and succeed.”
The text of the citation for the 2013 ICMI Felix Klein Award illustrates how Michèle performed this ambitious horizon and drew lines and perspectives to promote communication, cooperation and collaboration in mathematics education research in Europe, as well in the international mathematics education community.
Citation for the 2013 ICMI Felix Klein Award : http://www.mathunion.org/icmi/activities/awards/the-felix-klein-medal-fo...
Artigue, M. 2005, History and Theory of Mathematics Education, in M.Bosch (ed.) Proceedings of the Fourth Congress of the European Society for Research in Mathematics Education, Sant Feliu de Guíxols, Spain – 17 -21 February 2005, 52-53,
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Viviane Durand-Guerrier (University Montpellier 2, F rance)
Susanne Prediger (TU Dortmund University, Germany)