Discussion Group 1 at ICME-11
Call for Contributions and Participation:
Discussion Group 1:
Curriculum Reform: Movements, Processes and Policies
The discussions concerning curriculum reform and policies will revolve around the following three broad questions: What are the forces that drive or inhibit curriculum reform, and what are the instruments for reform? How do we know whether reform is progress? How do the various agents responsible for mathematics education policy interact? With these foundational questions in mind, DG 1 will focus on various related questions such as:
1. How do various nations determine mathematics curriculum policy? That is, what are the roles of mathematics teacher educators, mathematicians, educational researchers, school teachers, administrators (national, state, district), parents, and members of the business community in formulating curriculum policy?
2. To what extent are high-stakes tests in mathematics aligned with national, state, or district curriculum policy and the curriculum enacted by teachers?
3. What role do textbooks play in implementing curriculum policy across nations and to what degree do they embody national, state, and/or local curriculum policy?
4. What instruments are available for measuring curriculum reform? How practical are these instruments for use in large-scale studies of curriculum implementation?
5. What is the role of mathematics leadership at the national, state, and local levels in
supervising curriculum reform?
The Organizing Team (OT) for this Discussion Group includes co-chairs James E. Tarr (USA, firstname.lastname@example.org
), and Fan Liang Huo (Singapore, email@example.com
), Ryosuke Nagaoka (Japan, firstname.lastname@example.org
), Behiye Ubuz (Turkey, email@example.com
), Hugo Balbuena (Mexico, firstname.lastname@example.org
). Fidel Oteiza (email@example.com
) is the IPC Liaison.
How to Participate:
Discussion Groups are expressly not about the presentation of research papers. However, as starting points for discussions the Organizing Team is calling for written contributions that bring forward issues, problems, and challenges addressing one or more of the questions listed above. After having been accepted, these contributions will be posted on the web page of DG1 and will be referred to during the discussions at ICME11. It is envisioned that some contributions, as a result of work in the group, may be developed into full-length manuscripts suitable for publication while other written contributions may have a different aim and form.
Contributors are expected to participate in all the sessions of the Discussion Group, together with others who are interested in the theme but have not entered a written contribution. Efforts will be made to minimize language difficulties during the discussions. The Organizing Team welcomes contributions and participants with different cultural backgrounds and with different kinds of relationship to mathematics education research (researchers, practitioners, policy-makers, etc.). The written contributions should include the following information:
Author(s) names and location (town and country, school, or establishment) and contact information;
An explicit indication as to which of the DG1 questions are addressed;
A brief description of the context and setting of the particular issue related to curriculum movements, processes, and policies (contributors should not assume readers will be familiar with
the structure and context of schooling, the provision of mathematics education in the country concerned, or the context within which research is conducted);
Description of the particular issue, problem, or challenge from a practical and/or theoretical perspective (include specific examples and/or evidence to help illustrate and/or quantify the particular issues/experiences involved where relevant).
As with all the DGs, DG 1 will be allotted two two-hour and one one-hour sessions. Each of these will occur on each of the four days of the Congress. Recall that DGs focus on the examination and discussion of issues that can be dealt with in different ways depending on different experiences, values, norms, and judgments.
The written contribution should be no more than 4 pages (A4 please) in length using 12-point font, single spaced, with 2 cm margins, and should be submitted electronically to both DG1 co-chairs (firstname.lastname@example.org
The deadline for submission is 31 January 2008.
By the end of February 2008 - Information about acceptance will be sent to contributors who will be asked to prepare an extended version of their text (6 pages maximum) by the end of March 2008.
By the 20 April 2008 - The Organizing Team will prepare and publish an organizing framework for the operation of DG1 based on the extended contributions received. At this stage we envision devoting the first 2 sessions to small group discussions after a brief introduction to the key issues by members of the Organizing Team. For the final session (1 hour only) the Organizing Team is considering the possibility of a more formal report back session to share general observations and possibly produce a short communiqué.