This is the first edition of the Southeast Asian Mathematics Education Journal (SEAMEJ) which is an academic journal devoted to publishing a variety of research studies and theoretical papers in the field of mathematics education. SEAMEJ seeks to stimulate discussion at all levels of the mathematics education community. SEAMEJ aims to be published once a year, in November by the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO), Centre for Quality Improvement of Teachers and Education Personnel (QITEP) in Mathematics situated in Yogyakarta Indonesia.
Launched on July 13, 2009, there are now three SEAMEO Centres for QITEP. One centre is QITEP in Mathematics (Yogyakarta), one QITEP in Science (Bandung) and one QITEP in Languages (Jakarta).
QITEP in Mathematics conducted its first International Symposium in November 2011, and a number of paper presenters were approached to submit their papers to this journal.
In this issue we begin with a paper that provides research to defend teachers from being blamed for all the problems of education. It argues that teachers are crucial to addressing the problems. The papers that follow provide some excellent directions for teachers in their quest to become more effective in the classroom. The topics range across mathematical literacy, student engagement, mathematical modelling, Lesson Study, algebra and Primary school mathematics. This edition has a particularly strong representation from the National Institute of Education, Singapore. We are very thankful for their early support.
As this is the first edition, we wish to apologise if we have made errors. We welcome feedback or suggestions for improvement, but most of all, we welcome paper contributions.
The Journal seeks articles highlighting empirical as well as theoretical research studies, particularly those that have a perspective wider than local or national interests. All contributions to SEAMEJ will be peer reviewed and we are indebted to those on the International Advisory Panel for their support.
Allan L. White