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The 20th SEFI Mathematics Working Group Seminar on Mathematics in Engineering Education

15 – 17 June 2020 in Kristiansand, Norway

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The SEFI (European Society for Engineering Education) Mathematics Working Group (MWG) was established in 1982. The aims of the Working Group include providing a forum for the exchange of views and ideas amongst those interested in engineering mathematics and promoting a fuller understanding of the role of ma­the­matics in the engineering curriculum, and its relevance to industrial needs. The Working Group issued the third edition of its curriculum document (“A Framework for Mathematics Curricula in Engineering Education”) in September 2013. This edition is based on mathematical competencies in didactical research with emphasis on practice roles of researchers and practitioners and their cooperation. How to assess competencies and the major aim of teaching mathematics as a tool to future engineers will also be dis-cussed topics.

In summer 2020, the 20th SEFI MWG seminar will be organised by the University of Agder – Kristiansand, Norway. The main topics of the seminar will be the following ones:

Mathematical competencies in didactical research

  • Practice roles of researchers and practitioners and ways of their cooperation.
  • Case studies as good examples.
  • Situations from practical experience,
  • New ideas.
  • Theoretical basis and assumptions for competencies development.

How to assess competencies

  • Good examples.
  • Situations from practical experience,
  • New ideas.

The goal of teaching

  • “Service mathematics – mathematics for non-specialist”.
  • In the education of future engineers: symbolic language of their discipline.
  • General toolbox for solving application problems, or modeling instrument.

Other contributions related to the mathematical education of engineers are also welcome.

Note: Abstract submission deadline is 15 January 2020

Keynote speakers will include:

  • Simon Goodchild, MatRIC – University of Agder, Norway
  • Michael Rygaard Hansen, University of Agder, Norway
  • To be announced

Inspirational Keynote: “Visualizing Mathematical Spaces”

  • Roger Antonsen, University of Oslo, Norway


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